— Austin Steines (@asteines) December 19, 2013
I am going to go way back for this comparison. Grayson Allen reminds me of former 1980s Kentucky star SG Rex Chapman. Chapman scored more than 1,000 points in two years for the Wildcats and was named All-SEC before he declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore year.
Allen, at 6-foot-4, is nearly the same size as Chapman, who could score buckets in a variety of fashions and was considered a high-level scorer. Allen, No. 24 in the ESPN 100, has the same type of scoring mentality and hunger to generate offense. His jumper has textbook shooting mechanics, as Chapman's did.
Duke's recruiting class gets a lot of much deserved attention. Allen was the first player to commit to coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff for the 2013 class.
Allen makes open 3s with range and is a fearless driver with no worry of contact. His body is strong, his athletic ability is impressive, and his body control is excellent once he is in the lane. Because he is aggressive Allen ends up at the foul line, which is important when you are considered a real threat. Because of all the highly rated players in Duke's class, sometimes Allen is forgotten. I have a feeling he will be an extremely productive player.