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Freshman ranks second in league scoring, third in rebounding heading into ACC tourney
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Jahlil Okafor of Duke has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and the ACC Freshman of the Year in a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.
Okafor ranked second in the league with 17.6 points per game, third with 9.2 rebounds per game, and first in field goal percentage (.668) while helping lead the Blue Devils to a 28-3 overall record and the No. 2 seed in this week’s New York Life ACC Tournament. He was voted as the ACC Rookie of the Week eight times and Player of the Week once.
One of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, the Chicago native was also honored with both awards by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on Sunday, becoming the first freshman in league history to be voted the ACC Player of the Year.