Grayson Allen will return for senior season at Duke

The controversial guard averaged 14.5 points and a team-high 3.5 assists this past season.

Love him or hate him, Grayson Allen will be back with the Blue Devils next season.

The Duke guard decided to return for his senior season and not enter the NBA draft despite a tumultuous junior year, the school announced Tuesday.

“The last few weeks have provided the opportunity for a lot of reflection and prayer,” Allen said in a statement through the school's website. “I’m a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it.

"The chance to play with next year’s team just felt right. I’m completely focused on helping Coach K and our staff lead this team to a special season. I love being a Duke student, and continuing to be part of the university culture is something I don’t take for granted.”

Allen has been a polarizing player the last few years thanks in large part to multiple high-profile tripping incidents. Hetripped Elon'sSteven Santa Anaduring their Dec. 21 game, then threw a temper tantrum on the bench.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski suspended Allen "indefinitely" for that, but he was only barred for one game.

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Allenaveraged 14.5 points,a team-high 3.5 assists and 39.5 shooting percentagethis past season, but it's a far cry from his sophomore-year numbers of21.6 points per game with a 46.6 shooting percentage.

With a new start to a new season, Allen will likely try to bolster his numbers and stay out of trouble on the court.

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