Zion Williamson Named National Player, ACC Freshman of the Week

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Duke forward Zion Williamson earned a  pair of weekly awards on Monday, being named National Player of the Week by the Citizen Naismith Trophy and Freshman of the Week by the ACC.

It is the ACC-leading fourth Freshman of the Week award for Williamson.

The Spartanburg, S.C., native averaged a team-leading 27.5 points and shot .793 (23-of-29) from the field in a pair of wins at Notre Dame and over St. John’s last week. He also averaged 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 3.0 steals as the Blue Devils improved to 19-2 overall and 7-1 in conference play.

At Notre Dame, Williamson scored a game-high 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting, collected nine rebounds and totaled four blocks. Against the Red Storm, the freshman led all scorers with 29 points and registered six rebounds while tying a career-high with five steals.

Williamson is the nation’s only player averaging 20.0+ points and shooting .600+ from the field. He’s also the only player in the country with 40+ steals (44), 40+ blocks (41) and 40+ dunks (47). He is the ACC’s second leading scorer (22.3), is third in rebounding (9.0), first in field goal percentage (.687), third in steals (2.1) and fourth in blocks (2.0).

No. 2 Duke is back on the floor Tuesday against ACC foe Boston College. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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