Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ACC Basketball Players of the Week

Nolan Smith
Duke's Nolan Smith has been named the ACC Player of the Week, while Wake Forest's Travis McKie was selected the ACC Rookie of the Week following their outstanding performances this past week.

Smith averaged 27.0 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while leading Duke to wins over UNC Greensboro (108-62) and Miami (73-62). The Upper Marlboro, Md., senior shot 63.0 percent (17-of-27) from the field, including 63.6 percent (7-of-11) from three-point range, and had a 7.0:1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the week.

Smith scored 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting and added five rebounds, nine assists (zero turnovers) and three steals in Wednesday's win over UNCG. In the Blue Devils' ACC opener against Miami on Sunday, Smith had a season-high 28 points, including 13 straight in a decisive first-half run, to go along with five rebounds and five assists.

In earning the league's rookie award for a second time, McKie averaged 17.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in Wake Forest's two games last week. McKie opened the week with a 19-point, seven-rebound performance in a 90-74 loss at Richmond Wednesday. In Sunday's 73-63 loss to visiting Gonzaga, the Richmond, Va., native had a team-high 16 points to go along with three rebounds and a blocked shot.

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