Duke's Grayson Allen skipping NBA Draft, will return for his senior season

Duke's Grayson Allen, an All-American as a sophomore, announced Tuesday that he's bypassing the NBA Draft and returning to school for his senior year.

"I'm a firm believer that when something feels right, you go with it," Allen said. "The chance to play with next year's team just felt right. I'm completely focused on helping [coach Mike Krzyzewski] 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 averaged 14.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season while helping Duke win 28 games and the ACC tournament title before South Carolina upset the Blue Devils in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-5 guard was famously suspended in December after a tripping incident that turned him into one of the sport's most controversial figures. His return should make Duke a top-10 team and provide college basketball with another recognizable face.

Duke is No. 7 in the CBS Sports preseason Top 25 (and one)  rankings.

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