Top-ranked Duke has swept the ACC’s weekly men’s basketball awards with senior guard Grayson Allen earning Player of the Week and freshman forward Wendell Carter, Jr. earning Rookie of the Week.
Allen garners his third career ACC Player of the Week award after totaling 47 points in a pair of Duke victories last week. He scored a career-high 37 in an 88-81 win over No. 2 Michigan State in the Champions Classic, knocking down 7-of-11 from three-point range and 8-of-8 at the free-throw line. The 37 points was a scoring record for the Champion Classic and the most points by a Blue Devil since J.J. Redick went for 40 versus Virginia on January 28, 2006. The Jacksonville, Fla., native was in double-figures again Friday as Duke knocked off Southern 78-61. Allen’s 17 three-pointers are the third-most in the NCAA this season.
Carter, Jr., recorded back-to-back double-doubles last week, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the win over No. 2 Michigan State and following that with 20 and 11 in the Southern victory. His career-high 12 boards against the Spartans helped Duke own a 46-34 advantage on the glass. His career-high 20 points versus Southern came on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and complimented his career-high six blocked shots. The rookie from Atlanta is third nationally in blocked shots (13) and 26th in rebounds (36).
As a team, Duke has an NCAA-leading seven double-doubles this season – all coming from freshmen (two from Carter, Jr., three from Marvin Bagley III and two from Trevon Duval). The Blue Devils have had multiple freshmen post double-doubles in the same game three times this season. That had only happened three previous times in Duke history before this season.
Last week, Bagley III was the ACC’s co-Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week.