Congratulations to alumni Grayson Allen (Providence School, Class of 2014) who was selected by the Utah Jazz as the No. 21 pick of last week’s NBA Draft. On Wednesday, he flew into Salt Lake City to settle into his new home. The Providence School/Duke graduate and former Third Team All-American met made the rounds at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus, received his jersey (he’ll wear No. 24), and fielded questions from both the media (during a 30-minute press conference) and Jazz fans (via Facebook Live). Grayson is the third Providence graduate to play basketball at the professional level. He joins Providence graduates Will Cummings (Class of 2011), Houston Rockets, and Patric Young (Class of 2010), New Orleans Pelicans.
Will tweeted this out after Grayson was selected.
The 6-foot-5 guard from Providence auditioned individually for 10 NBA teams, including his last one Saturday with the San Antonio Spurs, and impressing 100-plus scouts/executives with a splendid shooting display at his Pro Day in Los Angeles on May 30, the former Duke standout understands what has to be his top priority as his basketball career enters a new phase.
“It’s about just being extremely sharp and having a good rhythm with my shooting,” Allen said Sunday in a phone interview from his parents’ Jacksonville home. “I want my shot to be sharp, quick and have my footwork down perfect. It’s a small adjustment to add the extra [four] feet for the NBA 3-point line. I want to show how good a shooter I can be at the NBA level.”
In preparation for the 2018 NBA Draft night, Providence Head Basketball Coach Jim Martin wrote about his incredible journey coaching Grayson.
“I have had the honor of coaching over 400 young men in their high school careers. I have seen these young men become husbands, fathers, doctors, priests, CEO’s, military officers, teachers, coaches, and many more. It has been my absolute honor to watch these young boys turn into great men. Tomorrow night, is a very special night for one of my former players. I first saw him as a hungry kid with big dreams, turned high school phenom that lead our team to 3 final fours and a state championship. Then, he went on to one of the most prominent programs in the nation, Duke Basketball. Playing there was a dream come true for him, but he always stayed hungry for more. Tomorrow night, we will get to see another one of his dreams come true. Grayson, I couldn’t be prouder of you. I’m proud of your career, but much more so of the man you have become through this journey. Wherever you go and no matter what your future holds, stay humble and stay hungry. The sky is the limit for you, and I’m so honored to have coached you. I wish you the best of luck in your future, and I will always be there to cheer you on.”
Highlights from his Providence years:
- A consensus top-40 national recruit in the 2014 high school class
• Led Providence School to a 90-10 record with a state title and two state semifinal appearances
• Named a 2014 McDonald’s All-American and won the slam dunk contest at the Powerade Jam Fest, becoming the third Duke recruit to win the event
• Selected for the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic
• Named a MaxPreps fifth-team All-American as a senior
• Averaged 22.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game as a senior
• Led Providence to a 35-1 record and the Florida 3A state championship as a junior with averages of 19.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists
• Scored 31 points in the state title game and shot 15-of-29 from the floor in the state final four
• Selected for the 2013 Nike Global Challenge and led his team to a silver medal with an average of 16.0 points per game
• Averaged 12.7 points and 4.3 assists per game as a sophomore
Allen, whose accuracy from the field ebbed and flowed during his four years at Duke, is 12th in all-time scoring (1,996 points) and fifth in most made 3-pointers (291). He had a career-high .466 field goal percentage and shot .417 from 3-point range as a sophomore when he averaged 21.6 points per game. Allen believes his four years in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s system at Duke might have elevated his stock with the teams on draft night.
You can find out more about Grayson’s summer schedule playing for the Utah Jazz here: