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Conference Announces Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina senior Marcus Paige is the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Duke freshman Brandon Ingram earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.
Paige and Ingram each helped his team to a 2-0 week that included a victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. ACC Players of the Week are chosen by a vote of a 15-member media panel.
Paige opened his week by leading UNC to an 89-81 win over second-ranked Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Playing in his first game after returning from injury, the Marion, Iowa, guard scored 20 points and had five assists and two steals. He made 4-of-5 from 3-point range and scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half. He hit a 3-pointer moments after Maryland tied the game for the first time in the second half, then hit another three after Maryland had taken its first and only lead of the second half. Sunday, in a 33-point win over previously unbeaten Davidson, Paige was one of five Tar Heels in double figures with 13 points, and he added four assists. He combined for nine assists and just two turnovers while playing 58 total minutes in the two games.
Ingram averaged a team-high 23.5 points on 60 percent shooting from the floor as the Blue Devils routed Indiana on Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and defeated Buffalo on Saturday. In addition to leading the team in scoring on the week, the Kinston, North Carolina, native also paced Duke in blocks (2.0) and steals (1.5) per game. He averaged 7.0 rebounds per in the two contests, grabbing seven on the offensive end in the two games. Ingram opened the week with the best performance of his young career, knocking down 10-of-15 shots from the floor, including 4-of-6 from long distance, en route to a game and career-high 24 points in Duke’s 94-74 dispatching of Indiana. He didn’t miss a beat in Duke’s victory over Buffalo on Saturday, scoring a game-high 23 points and setting career bests with eight rebounds and four blocks in the win.