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Jayson Tatum Named ACC Freshman of the Week

Jayson Tatum | Photo: Chris Summerville

Duke forward Jayson Tatum was recognized for his stellar play last week with his second ACC Freshman of the Week honor, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.

The St. Louis native, who is also a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, was previously named ACC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 12.

Tatum averaged 14.0 points, 3.5 assists and team highs of 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on the week as Duke ran its winning streak to five games with home wins over No. 8 North Carolina and Clemson.

He came alive in the second half of the win over the Tar Heels, scoring all 19 of his points and hauling in seven of his team-high nine rebounds as the Blue Devils gutted out a rivalry win on their home court.

Tatum also set a career high with five assists against UNC, four of which came in the first half while he was struggling to score.

He recorded nine points and seven rebounds against Clemson on Saturday in a game in which points were at a premium. Tatum made one of the biggest shots of the day with just over two minutes remaining, drilling a three-pointer from the top of the key to give Duke a late seven-point lead.

With averages of 15.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the season, Tatum ranks second among ACC freshmen in both categories. He is on pace to become just the fifth Duke freshman under head coach Mike Krzyzewski to average at least 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds for a season.

Tatum is also on pace to rank among the top-10 freshmen in Duke history in scoring average, rebound average and free throw percentage (.854).