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Jayson Tatum Named ACC Freshman of the Week

Jayson Tatum & Luke Kennard | Photo: Chris Summerville
Duke freshman Jayson Tatum has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Freshman of the Week. Tatum was recognized as the league’s freshman honoree for second week in a row and the third time this season.

Tatum was the catalyst for Duke wins at No. 14 Virginia and at home over Wake Forest, averaging 23.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per contest. He was lights-out as a shooter in both games, shooting .609 (14-of-23) from the floor, .750 (9-of-12) from 3-point range and 1.000 (10-of-10) from the line.

The St. Louis native put Duke on his back last Wednesday night with a career-high 28 points and a team-high eight rebounds as the Blue Devils handed Virginia just its third home ACC loss in the last three seasons. He was 6-of-7 (.857) from outside the arc against UVA, tying the Duke single-game freshman records for three-pointers made and three-point percentage. Twenty-one of Tatum’s game-high 28 came in the second half as Duke erased a four-point halftime deficit to win by 10.

Tatum put together a 19-point afternoon against Wake Forest on Saturday, knocking down 3-of-5 from long distance. He shared the team high with seven rebounds and added two assists against the Demon Deacons. With Wake making a push late in the game, Tatum came up with two huge free throws in a one-and-one situation to help Duke seal the victory.

For the year, Tatum is averaging 16.4 points and 7.1 rebounds while shooting .453 from the floor, .389 from three-point range and a team-high .870 from the line. He is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.

ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel.