Grayson Allen has been in the headlines this season for questionable actions. Some have called on Coach K and/or the ACC to suspend the sophomore guard for purposefully tripping opposing players. Neither the league, nor Krzyzewski have gone that route and after Duke ACC Tournament quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame, Coach K took the time to defend his team’s leading scorer.
“Look, he’s as good a competitor as there is in college basketball. We go the way he goes. I’m fine going the way he goes. This kid has been a great, great player for us, a warrior.
I’m proud as I can be to be his coach. He embraces what we want in our program, academic All-American, All-American, warrior, tough kid. That’s why I embraced him, just to say thanks, thanks for being on my team.”
I’m pretty sure that was a direct message to the fans and media who have labeled Allen a dirty player. K has made it crystal clear he’s standing by his player.