Sport Grayson Allen’s return gives college basketball the villain it desperately needed

04:25  19 april  2017
04:25  19 april  2017 Source:   For The Win

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Grayson Allen is returning for his fourth insufferable season with the Duke Blue Devils, and as much as we'd love to be upset about the news, we can't be mad. The prospect of losing Allen left college basketball fans in a tough spot - a year without a true villain.

With Allen returning for his senior season, Duke gets its senior star, and college basketball gets a unifying target of hatred. We wouldn't have it any other way.

Last year was especially tumultuous for Allen. He tripped players, threw tantrums, got suspended, got slapped in the face, probably tripped more players and lost to South Carolina in the second round. Before all of this, he was already college basketball's most hated, most annoying, undeniably biggest villain.

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Allen is great for the game. He isn’t the villain college basketball deserves, he’s the one it needs . Duke needs to do the right thing and bring him back with a WWE-esque unannounced return mid-game on national TV. “By gawd, that’s grayson allen ’ s music!”

Like it or not, college basketball needs Grayson Allen . The villains — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, the goliaths of UCLA; Patrick Ewing and the dominant Georgetown Hoyas and of course, Duke’ s own Christian Laettner.

And now, we get another year of that!

How can that be bad news? It can't be.

Every great college basketball season has that player who just happens to make everyone angry. Duke produces these players better than any other school just because of the elitist snobbery that goes along with Duke. Allen ranked up there with the best of them: Christian Laettner, J.J. Redick and Shane Battier. Through three seasons, Allen was already at that level, and now with a fourth upcoming year at Duke, he'll inevitably pass them and go down as the most hated Duke villain in program history.

Sure, it might sound bad, but that's a legendary title to hold given Duke's storied history of winning championships with the most annoying players. Allen is well on his way.

Grayson Allen will return for senior season at Duke

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College basketball can find a better villain than Grayson Allen . Allen ’ s position as the next Duke villain was cemented when he announced he would return to school after the Blue Devils’ championship run two seasons ago.

College basketball reporter. Duke absolutely needs him to master that, so that when he returns to the lineup the Blue Devils get all of the parts that make Grayson Allen great and none that make him a liability.

When you really think about it, though, college basketball needed four years of Grayson Allen. Without Allen, who would we hate? Luke Kennard is NBA bound. Marcus Smart has been gone for three years. Aaron Craft is playing in Italy. College basketball would be without a villain, and it wouldn't feel right.

So, let us all thank Grayson Allen. He turned down an NBA contract for an extra year of unpaid basketball labor just so we could complain about him for an additional 30-plus Duke basketball games. That deserves recognition.

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