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Louisville’s Harrell, Duke’s Jones honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week by a select media panel, while Duke freshman Tyus Jones earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.
Harrell was selected as the ACC Player of the Week for the third time this season, while Jones was recognized as ACC Freshman of the Week for the fourth time.
Harrell averaged 21.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, shot 57.7 percent from the field and handed out five assists as the Cardinals split a pair of games this week. Harrell produced two double-doubles during the week, his 24th for his career and 12th on the season. In the Louisville’s final home game of the season, he totaled 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals as Louisville beat No. 2 Virginia. Against Notre Dame, he had 23 points, 12 rebounds and two assists. His 12 double-doubles are second in the ACC and 31st nationally. He has scored in double figures in 36 of his last 42 games, including 24 games with 15 or more points. He ranks among the top 20 nationally in field goal percentage and in the top 30 in rebounding.
Jones led Duke to a pair of victories as the Blue Devils capped off the regular season with a 28-3 record overall and a 15-3 mark in ACC play. The Apple Valley, Minnesota, native averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in wins over Wake Forest and No. 19 North Carolina. Jones opened the week with 10 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals in a lopsided win over Wake Forest. He knocked down both 3-point attempts against the Demon Deacons as Duke posted a 43-point win for the largest margin of victory in series history. Jones continued his outstanding play against ranked opponents in an 84-77 win at No. 19 North Carolina Saturday. He scored a season-high 24 points, including 17 in the second half of play, and added six rebounds, seven assists and three steals as Duke completed a regular season sweep of the Tar Heels. Jones was 5-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and 12-of-12 from the foul line as he posted his sixth 20-point game of the year. Jones set a Duke freshman single-game record for most free throws without a miss in the contest.