Grayson Allen returns to Duke, Jaleb Brunson does the same for Villanova

If you managed to catch the first true off-season podcast from CBS Sports’ Eye on College Basketball this past Wednesday, writers Garry Parrish and Matt Norlander both discussed why Grayson Allen returning to Duke for his senior season “is a good thing for college basketball.”

In this society where our short-term memories are as small as a pea that you microwave from your freezer bags, Grayson Allen played a large role in Duke winning their last national title in 2015.  Nearly two years later, a series of tripping incidents have largely marred his college legacy.  He could make huge amends by playing the aggressive, but heady and smart style that make him the most polarizing target in college basketball since J.J. Redick in 2004.

Sure, his statistics were down during his junior year and the team suffered a lot in barely making it back to the NCAA Tournament.  With several blue chip recruits coming in to practice for Coach K this October, it will be interesting to see what type of team Duke will showcase come the Opening Tip-Off Classic in mid-November.

Key member of 2016 National champions returns to Villanova

Guard Jalen Brunson would have been a late first round/early second round draft choice had he decided to skip the rest of his college eligibility.   Instead, he announced on Thursday that he will return to Villanova.  He led the Wildcats with 4.1 assists per game and was second on the team in scoring only behind the graduating Josh Hart.

Nigel Williams-Goss follows Zach Collins to NBA Draft

A third blow for Gonzaga, as one of the true vocal leaders both on and off the court during the ‘Zags run to the national title game is forgoing his senior year and enter the NBA Draft.  Guard Nigel Williams-Goss joins backup freshman center Zach Collins and graduating senior Przemek Karnowski as positions Mark Few has to replace.

But that pales in comparison to Oregon, who will be losing many key cogs from the Ducks high powered offensive scheme–as the likes of Tyler Dorsey and others follow the money.

Speaking of the greenback, the NCAA shelled out a lot of it on Wednesday as they announced the key tournament venues up until the year 2022.

That blog post should appear shortly.  Thank you so much for reading and please continue to check my blog periodically for key off-season news affecting the often crazy world of men’s college basketball.


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