ACC Basketball Players of the Week for March 2
March 2, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke's Gerald Henderson has been named ACC Player of the Week and Florida State's Soloman Alabi is the ACC Rookie of the Week.
In earning Player of the Week honors for the first time this season, Henderson averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while leading Duke to ACC road wins over Maryland and Virginia Tech. The Merion, Pa., junior led the team in scoring in both games and has now paced the Blue Devil offensive attack in 11 of the last 15 games.
Henderson opened the week Wednesday with 19 points, eight rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots in a 78-67 victory over the Terps. In Saturday's 72-65 win over the Hokies, Henderson had 21 points, six rebounds and a career-best six assists.
In earning ACC Rookie honors for the second time in four weeks, Alabi averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots as the Seminoles split two league games. In Tuesday's 72-67 setback at Boston College, Alabi had 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists while playing a career-high 34 minutes.
In Saturday's 73-66 win over No. 12 Clemson, the Kaduna, Nigeria, freshman had five points and two blocked shots, both of which came in the game's final 2:25 to preserve the win. Alabi currently leads the ACC in blocked shots per game (2.1).