Vernon Carey Named ACC Player, Freshman of the Week

Vernon Carey | Photo: Chris Summerville

Duke freshman Vernon Carey Jr. has been named ACC Player of the Week and ACC Freshman of the Week after averaging 26 points and 15 rebounds in leading the Blue Devils to conference wins over Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Carey scored 26 points in both victories, shooting 11-of-17 from the field with 13 rebounds and a career-high four assists in Tuesday night’s win over Pitt. At Syracuse on Saturday night, he grabbed a career-best 17 boards and went 9-of-14 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line. Carey’s 17 rebounds against the Orange matched Adonal Foyle and Patrick Ewing as the most by a visiting player at the Carrier Dome.

The native of Miami, Fla., now has 10 double-doubles this season, with each having been 15-10 games and eight 20-10 efforts. The eight 20-10 performances trail only Iowa’s Luka Garza (10) for the most by major conference players.

Carey currently leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.597) and is the only player ranked in the top five in the ACC in scoring (third, 17.8), rebounding (fourth, 8.9) and field goal percentage.

The honors mark the second ACC Player of the Week (11/25) and fourth Freshman of the Week (11/25, 12/9, 12/23) recognitions for Carey. Over the last six-plus seasons, Duke has had an ACC Freshman of the Week in 60 of a possible 121 weeks. Fifteen different Blue Devils have won the award at least once in that time.

The Blue Devils continue their three-game road on Tuesday, February 4, when they take on Boston College at Conte Forum at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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