The NCAA Tournament is nearly upon us, which will give fans of the professional game a closer look at the newest crop of NBA players. The majority of predictions have the Trail Blazers looking to bolster their perimeter rotation in the 2018 NBA Draft, and Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders was no different in his latest mock draft. According to Kyler, Portland could be in position to land one of the most polarizing figures in college basketball: Grayson Allen.
Kyler has the Blazers selecting the gritty Duke guard at pick No. 26. Allen captured the spotlight with stellar play in his first two seasons, but his penchant for unsportsmanlike behavior cratered his draft stock in previous years.
Antics aside, Allen is a high-energy perimeter player that could blossom into a serviceable player on both ends of the court. The Florida native’s three-point percentage has dipped into the mid-30s in the last two seasons, but he has picked up the slack by becoming a decent facilitator.
Allen is averaging a career-high 4.5 assists per game to go along with his 15.5 points per game in the 2017-18 season.