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Duke’s Cook, Jones receive honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke senior Quinn Cook has been chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week by a select media panel for the second consecutive week, while Blue Devil freshman Tyus Jones was recognized as the ACC Rookie of the Week.
Cook averaged 24.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while playing 84 of a possible 85 minutes as Duke topped No. 15 North Carolina and Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He was 18-of-33 (.545) from the field, including 9-of-16 (.563) from 3-point range on the week. Cook played all 45 minutes in Duke’s overtime win over the Tar Heels, finishing with 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. He knocked down five first-half 3-point field goals and closed the game 6-of-9 from long range. The Washington, D.C., senior was also instrumental in limiting North Carolina guard Marcus Paige to 2-of-11 shooting on the night. In Saturday’s win over Clemson, Cook matched a career-high with 27 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and a steal. He was 11-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range, in the win.
Jones, who earned his third ACC Rookie of the Week recognition of the season, averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game in wins over No. 15 North Carolina and Clemson. The Apple Valley, Minn., native opened the week with 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists against the Tar Heels. He was at his best down the stretch scoring nine points in the final 1:25 of regulation to help force overtime. Jones also had a key sequence in overtime hitting a basket to cut into a three-point North Carolina lead and following up with a steal and assist to Cook to put the Blue Devils ahead. In Saturday’s win over Clemson, Jones had 11 points, two rebounds, nine assists and four steals.