Duke freshman guard Tre Jones was named the ACC Freshman of the Week on Sunday, earning his first career honor after helping lead Duke to a pair of wins last week.
Jones totaled 16 points, nine rebounds, 11 assists and six steals in wins over Princeton and Texas Tech as No. 2-ranked Duke (11-1) extended its winning streak to six games. Jones is the third different Blue Devil to be honored this season by the ACC. Over the last five-plus seasons, Duke has had the ACC Freshman of the Week more than 50 percent of the time (49 of possible 94 weeks).
The Apple Valley, Minn., native poured in 13 points, with a career-high six steals, five assists (one turnover) and five rebounds in the 69-58 win over No. 12 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden, posting just the 15th 10-5-5-5 performance in Duke history and the fourth by a freshman. The six steals were the second-most by a Duke freshman all-time.
Jones’ defense helped Duke rack up 15 steals in the TTU win, leading to a 32-3 edge in transition points. In the Princeton win, Jones scored just three points, but had six assists (no turnovers) and four rebounds in the 91-50 win.
The freshman leads the ACC and is fifth nationally in assists-turnover ratio (5.15), is second in the ACC and sixth nationally among freshmen in assists (5.6) and fifth in the league in steals (2.0). Thanks in part to Jones, Duke is the nation’s best transition offense, scoring in transition nearly 25% of its possessions.
Duke is off for the holidays and returns to action to open ACC play Saturday, January 5 versus Clemson at Madison Square Garden.