INDIANAPOLIS — One month into his debut season at Duke, freshman guard Grayson Allen could feel himself slipping into what he calls spectator mode.
He was only playing a handful of minutes in most games and twice he hadn't even gotten off the bench at all. As a result, the former McDonald's All-American spent long stretches of games sulking on the bench instead of concentrating on how he could contribute in limited minutes.
"I did get down on myself and I think that hurt me," Allen said. "I wasn't expecting to get in and I was acting like I wasn't part of the team on the bench. I was just watching. Eventually [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] sat down with me and told me not to just work toward next year. He told me to stay ready because my time was this year."
Never has Krzyzewski spoken truer words than those. This season indeed was Allen's time, even if the phenomenally talented freshman had to wait until Duke'sRead More »from Duke's forgotten freshman helps carry the Blue Devils to a title