Friday, January 4, 2008


North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Florida State's Toney Douglas were named as Co-ACC Players of the Week, while NC State's J.J. Hickson was tabbed ACC Rookie of the Week.

In earning player of the week honors for the fourth time his season and fifth time in his career – TIME OUT: If Hansbrough was a consensus All-American as a freshmen AND as a sophomore…which means he has played approximately 20 weeks of hoop per year or 40-plus weeks of basketball in two All-America years, how can it be that during that time he was the ACC player of the week ONCE?

Ah, the little mysteries…

Anyway, we digress…Last week, Hansbrough averaged 24.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the top-ranked Tar Heels won twice. The Poplar Bluff, Mo., junior had 26 points and eight boards in Thursday's 106-70 win over Nevada and 23 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday's 90-58 victory over Valparaiso.

Douglas scored 22 points, including nine in the second half, to lead Florida State over Georgia Tech, 66-64, Sunday in the conference opener for both teams. The Jonesboro, Ga., junior had two rebounds, two assists and four steals in 39 minutes as the Seminoles won their ACC opener for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

In earning the rookie award for the second time this season, Hickson posted back-to-back "double-doubles" as the Wolfpack extended their winning streak to five in a row with a pair of non-conference wins. The Marietta, Ga., product averaged 23.0 points and 11.5 rebounds and shot .938 from the field (15-of-16) and .813 from the free throw line (13-of-16) in victories over Seton Hall and Western Carolina.

(Photos Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images, AP Photo/Gregory Smith, AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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