Grayson Allen Emotional After Losing Final Game at Duke: ‘It Hits You’

Duke's Grayson Allen walks off the court after a regional final game against Kansas in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. Kansas won 85-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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An emotional Grayson Allen reflected on his collegiate career Sunday following Duke’s 85-81 overtime loss to Kansas in the Elite Eight.

According to ESPN.com’s Mitch Sherman, Allen was “wrought with emotion” while sitting in the locker room.

He called the end of his career “abrupt” and added, “It hits you. It’s over.”

Allen had nothing but good things to say about his experience at Duke:

“I’ve learned so much in my four years here, coming out a completely different person and for the better. And the relationships I’ve built with [Krzyzewski], the coaches, some of my teammates who are guys I call my brothers now, those will last for a really long time. And that’s one of the things I’ll cherish. Those don’t go away.”

The Jacksonville, Florida, native had a chance to be a hero in the closing seconds of regulation with the score tied 72-72, but his jumper was off the mark.

As a senior in 2017-18, Allen averaged 15.5 points, 4.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, primarily in a complementary role to freshman forward Marvin Bagley III.

He finished his Duke career with averages of 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists.