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Feb. 27, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina forward John Henson was named the ACC Player of the Week and Duke's Austin Rivers is the conference's Rookie of the Week for the period ending Feb. 26.
In earning his third ACC Player of the Week honor this season, Henson had double-doubles in both of North Carolina's road victories. The Tampa, Fla., junior opened the week with 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 86-74 win at NC State. In Saturday's 54-51 victory at 25th-ranked Virginia, Henson had 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Henson currently leads the ACC in rebounding (10.4), blocked shots (3.1) and double-doubles (15).
In earning the league's rookie award for the eighth time, Rivers averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in leading Duke to wins over No. 15 Florida State and Virginia Tech. In Thursday's 74-66 road win over the Seminoles, the Winter Park, Fla., freshman had 20 points, four assists and four rebounds and scored 12 of his 20 points in the second half. Rivers capped off the week with his team-high eighth 20-point game in a 70-65 overtime win over Virginia Tech Saturday. He finished the contest with a game-high 23 points, including 14 points after intermission.