Atlantic Coast Conference Announces Basketball Players of the Week
North Carolina’s Berry, Georgia Tech’s Okogie earn recognition
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina junior Joel Berry II has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie earned Freshman of the Week accolades
Berry was recognized for the second time this season, while Okogie earned the first ACC weekly honor of his college career.
North Carolina’s Berry earned MVP honors at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational as the Tar Heels defeated Chaminade, previously undefeated Oklahoma State and 16th-ranked Wisconsin to win the championship. For the three games Berry totaled 54 points (18.0), 12 rebounds (4.0), 11 assists (3.7) and seven steals (2.3). He shot 19-of-30 from the floor (.633), including of 8-of14 from 3-point range and connected on all eight of his free-throw attempts.
Berry scored a game-high 22 points in the championship versus Wisconsin, his fourth 20-point game in seven outings this season. He made a career-high nine field goals. He was 2-for-3 from 3-point range against the Badgers, marking the sixth time in seven games he made multiple threes. Berry set his career high with 24 points in the semifinal win over Oklahoma State. Berry went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line against the Cowboys and had five rebounds, four assists and three steals and while shooting 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He had eight points, four assists and a career-high four steals in the quarterfinal versus Chaminade.
Okogie averaged 27 points in two Georgia Tech victories last week, including a school freshman record 38 points in Saturday’s 82-68 victory over Tulane. In that game, Okogie hit 12 of 20 shots from the floor and 13 of 18 from the free throw line. He eclipsed the previous freshman mark of 33 by Mark Price against Virginia on March 12, 1983 (ACC Tournament) and Dion Glover against Seton Hall on March 11, 1998 (NIT).Okogie’s 38 points were the fourth-most points by a freshman in ACC history and the most since Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan scored 41 (the ACC freshman record) against Georgia Tech in the 2013 ACC Tournament.
Earlier in the week, Okogie was one of five Yellow Jackets in double figures with 16 in the Yellow Jackets’ 81-73 win over Sam Houston State. Okogie’s 95 points in five games this season is the most for a Georgia Tech freshman at the outset of his career since Kenny Anderson scored 112 in his first five games in 1989-90.
ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel.