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Virginia’s Brogdon, Duke’s Kennard are recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia senior Malcolm Brogdon has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Duke’s Luke Kennard earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.
ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a select media panel.
Brogdon averaged 24 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in leading the then-ninth-ranked (now No. 7) Cavaliers to wins over Boston College and Pitt. The Atlanta native shot .684 from the field (13-of-19), including an 8-of-10 effort from 3-point range. Brogdon made all 14 of his shots from the foul line in the two games.
Brogdon tallied a game-high 27 points and six rebounds while shooting 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-5 on 3-point tries, in the 61-47 win over Boston College. He added a game-high 21 points (6-of-9 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc) and four assists in the 64-50 road win at Pitt. The two victories extended Virginia’s winning streak to six games, during which time Brogdon has averaged 21.7 points while shooting .583 from the floor overall, .552 from 3-point range and .968 from the foul line.
Kennard averaged 17.0 points – second-best on the team – during a 2-0 week for Duke, as the Blue Devils won at Georgia Tech on Tuesday and earned a home win over NC State on Saturday. The Franklin, Ohio, native shot .579 (11-of-19) from the floor, including 50 percent (6-of-12) from 3-point range, and knocked down each of his six free throw attempts on the week.
Kennard proved the difference-maker in Saturday’s 88-80 win over NC State with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. He went 6-of-11 from 3-point territory, tying Duke’s freshman record for 3-pointers in a game. The performance also extended Kennard’s Duke record for 20-point games off the bench by a freshman to four, and was his fifth 20-point game of the season. Kennard’s shooting percentage from the foul line (.922) continues to lead the nation.