If you can’t tell, that’s 7-0 Jahlil Okafor he’s jumping over.
Grayson Allen, the 6-4, 195-pound Jacksonville, Florida, product and soon-to-be Duke freshman, won the Powerade Jam Fest with this display of his incredible leaping ability.
I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes, Allen is indeed an excellent shooter. But to make the easy comparison to former Duke player J.J. Redick would be unjust; Allen has hops. After speaking with Allen, one thing became clear to me: no matter what kind of outlandish displays Allen puts on in college, he’ll never be J.J. Redick because it is impossible to hate Grayson Allen. (And anyone outside of Durham, North Carolina, loathed J.J. Redick.)
Allen is a combo guard capable of running the offense or carrying the scoring load. An excellent passer, Allen can be borderline too unselfish; he’s almost always looking to get his teammates involved. When he does look to score the ball, he does so running off of screens, or is capable of creating his own shot.
Allen took some time to answer a few questions on the eve of Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game.
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Dime: You’re about my height, how are you capable of winning the dunk contest while I can barely get off the ground?
Grayson Allen: (Laughs) I think it’s a little bit of creativity and a little bit of me being blessed with athletic ability. You know, maybe a little bit of craziness being thrown in there as well, having the idea to jump over Jahlil.