Barrett, who was also voted the ACC’s preseason Freshman of the Year earlier this year, averaged a team-best 24.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in a pair of dominant wins over Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (90-69) and Stetson (113-49) this week as No. 3 Duke improved to 7-1. The rookie scored 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting with a game-high nine rebounds and two blocks in Tuesday night’s win over Indiana – the Blue Devils’ seventh-straight win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, which improved Duke to a Challenge-best 18-2 in the event.
The native of Mississauga, Ontario, followed that with the first game in Duke history of a player going for 25+ points, 7+ rebounds, 7+ assists and 4+ steals, as Barrett scored a game-high 26 points with seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals in just 18 minutes against Stetson on Saturday. Barrett was 12-of-14 from the field in the win over the Hatters, and was 21-of-32 (.656) from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range for the week. He is leading the ACC in scoring at 23.1 points this season.
This is the second ACC Freshman of the Week for a Blue Devil this season, as Zion Williamson was honored on November 12. Over the last five-plus seasons, Duke has earned more than half of the ACC’s Freshman of the Week honors (47 in a possible 91 weeks).
The third-ranked Blue Devils return to action this Wednesday, welcoming Hartford to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 7 p.m. matchup on ESPN2.