Duke forward R.J. Barrett has been named ACC co-Freshman of the Week, earning the award for the third time this season.
Barrett averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in a pair of ACC wins last week, as No. 2 Duke won at Pitt 79-64 and beat Georgia Tech 66-53 at Cameron Indoor. Barrett scored a game-high 26 with five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes at Pitt. The freshman from Mississauga, Ontario, followed that with his third double-double – 24 points and 11 boards – along with three assists and two steals in 38 minutes in the Georgia Tech win.
Barrett’s 16 20-point games lead the ACC and are two shy of the Duke freshman record for a season held by Jabari Parker. He’s the ACC’s leading scorer overall (23.9) and second in ACC games (24.1) and is the nation’s second-leading freshman scorer. He’s already tied the Duke freshman record with eight 25-point games this season.
Barrett shared the award this week with North Carolina’s Coby White.
The No. 2 Blue Devils (17-2, 6-1) travel to South Bend, Ind., tonight for a Big Monday match-up at Notre Dame. Start time is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.