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Pitt’s Patterson, Wake Forest’s McKie and Duke’s Parker pick up weekly honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Pitt’s Lamar Patterson and Wake Forest’s Travis McKie have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Players of the Week, while Duke’s Jabari Parker has been honored as the ACC Freshman of the Week for the fifth time this season.
Patterson, a 6-foot-5 senior from Lancaster, Pa., picked up his third ACC Player of the Week honor of the season after averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists while shooting 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from the floor and 88.9 percent (16-of-18) from the foul line in Pitt’s ACC wins over Clemson and at Maryland. Patterson scored a game-high 28 points, two shy of his career-high, while making 8-of-14 field goals, a career-high 12-of-14 free throws, grabbing seven rebounds and tying a career-high for the 10th time with seven assists in Saturday’s 83-79 win at Maryland. That followed his 13-point, six-assist, four-rebounds effort in the win over Clemson earlier in the week. Patterson went 3-of-4 from 3-point range in the win over the Tigers. Recently named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List, Patterson became the 19th player in Pitt school history to surpass 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
McKie averaged 19.0 points and hit 7-of-13 from 3-point range in leading Wake Forest to two wins last week. McKie entered the week in a slump, having scored a combined 15 points over his previous four games. But he broke out with a season-high 24 points on Wednesday at Virginia Tech, leading the Demon Deacons to their first ACC road win in two years. McKie went 7-for-10 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, against the Hokies. While his numbers in Saturday’s 65-58 win over Notre Dame did not match Wednesday’s, McKie helped seal the win with his play down the stretch. He hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds and also pulled down a critical defensive rebound when the Deacons were leading by three with 20 seconds remaining. The Richmond, Va., senior finished with 14 points, three rebounds, a block and a steal in 32 minutes against Notre Dame.
Duke’s Parker averaged 15.5 points, 14.5 rebounds (8.0 offensive rpg), 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game, as Duke improved to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in ACC play with wins over Miami and Florida State. The Chicago freshman recorded double-doubles in both games and now has six double-doubles on the year (tied for third most at Duke by a freshman). Parker opened the week with 17 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and three blocks in a lopsided road win over Miami Wednesday. He followed up with a 14-point, 14-rebound, three-steal effort in a 22-point home win over Florida State. Parker grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the win over the Seminoles, as Duke scored 29 second chance points off a season-best 27 offensive rebounds. Parker’s 10 offensive boards are a Duke freshman record and tied for the fourth-most in program history. Parker is now averaging 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 76.6 percent from the foul line.