Duke Freshman R.J. Barrett has been recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Week accolades. Barrett was named the Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season. ACC weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel and are announced on Mondays throughout the regular season.
Barrett averaged 31.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists this week, surpassing 30 points in both games as No. 1 Duke improved to 24-3, and remained in a first-place tie in the ACC at 12-2. The freshman scored 33 points with 13 rebounds in Wednesday’s game versus North Carolina and added 30 points on 14-of-20 shooting with seven assists and five boards in Saturday’s win at Syracuse.
His performance Wednesday marked the most points by a Duke freshman in a UNC game and was his sixth double-double. Saturday’s effort marked his career-best shooting night, surpassing his 13 made field goals against Kentucky. Barrett leads the ACC in 30-point games (six – one shy of tying former Blue Devil Marvin Bagley III’s ACC freshman record from last season), and his 20 20-point games are a new ACC freshman record, surpassing the mark of Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson (1989-90). Barrett continues to lead the ACC in scoring at 23.3 points (23.6 in ACC games). In addition to his 31.5 points last week, Barrett totaled team highs in rebounds (18) and assists (11).