The College Basketball World Is Going To Miss Grayson Allen

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David Hookstead Sports And Entertainment Editor
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This will be Grayson Allen’s final March Madness, and I think it’s an appropriate time to recognize that he will be missed.

Allen has evolved into the perfect college basketball villain during his time at Duke. The guy just doesn’t care about anything, especially not his opponents’ well-being.

He’s out here trying to drop people like it’s his job, whether it’s with trips or hip checks.

Here’s the reality of the situation. Every world needs a great villain. There always has to be somebody that people can unite around to hate. That’s what Allen has been for the world of college basketball. People hate him, and they hate him because he’s dirty and so good. Nobody would care if he was awful, but he’s not. He’s a bonafide stud on the court.

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I’m sure there will be a new player that will quickly replace him, but I don’t think we’ve fully appreciated just how great Allen is.

He plays for Duke, takes out his opponents, is a superstar, won a national title and is unstoppable when he gets hot. That’s pretty much the best formula ever for a college basketball villain.

Allen might have stolen a ring off my finger when he beat Wisconsin in the 2015 title game, but I still recognize how great of an enemy he has been to so many. In due time, I think everybody else will too.

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