McClinton, Alabi Earn ACC Men's Basketball Weekly Honors
Feb. 9, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Miami's Jack McClinton has been named ACC Player of the Week and Florida State's Solomon Alabi is the ACC Rookie of the Week.
In earning Player of the Week honors for the third time in his career, McClinton averaged 33.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals as the Hurricanes defeated sixth-ranked Wake Forest, 79-52, on Wednesday and lost at No. 4 Duke Saturday in overtime 78-75.
The Baltimore, Md. senior made 23-of-37 from the floor (.621) in the two games, including 11-of-16 from behind the arc (.688) and nine-of-11 from the free throw line (.818). Against the Demon Deacons, McClinton tallied 32 points, including a season-high six three-pointers as Miami set school records for the largest margin of victory (27) against both a ranked opponent and an ACC opponent. Three days later, McClinton scored a season-high 34 points in Cameron Indoor Stadium and forced overtime with a 28-foot three-pointer with 20 second left to play. The 6-1 senior guard scored Miami's final 11 points of regulation and all seven overtime points.
In earning the rookie award for the first time this season, Alabi scored 25 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked seven shots in helping Florida State to a pair of come-from behind victories over Georgia Tech and on the road against 10th-ranked Clemson.
Alabi hit on 10-of-15 from the field (.667) and five-of-seven (.714) from the free throw line and had three steals as the Seminoles improved to 5-3 in the ACC and 18-5 overall. In Saturday's 65-61 win at Clemson, Alabi had a career-high 17 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots and two steals as Florida State rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to claim its second win against a ranked team this year. Earlier in the week, the Kaduna, Nigeria, freshman had eight points - including a key basket late in the game - seven rebounds and two blocked shots in a 62-58 win over the Yellow Jackets.