Duke’s Allen, Syracuse’s Brissett, UVA’s Hunter named ACC Basketball Players of the Week
ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel. The Blue Devils’ Allen was recognized for the second time this season. The ACC Rookie of the Week selection is the second of the season for Brissett and the first for Hunter.
Allen led Duke by averaging 22.0 points and 5.0 assists in a pair of key ACC wins last week over Virginia Tech and at No. 11 Clemson. Allen poured in a game-high 25 points on 7-of-15 from 3-point range with six assists in Wednesday’s 74-52 win over the Hokies. The seven threes matched a career-high.
The Jacksonville, Florida, senior followed that with a game-high 19 points in the 66-57 win at No. 11 Clemson on Sunday, knocking down 2-of-3 from 3-point range and making all nine of his free throws with four assists and four steals.
For the week, Allen was 13-of-27 (.481) from the field, 9-of-18 (.500) from 3-point range, 9-of-9 at the free-throw line, and totaled six rebounds, 10 assists and six steals. He has scored 67 points and shot .429 from 3-point range (12-of-28) over Duke’s current three-game winning streak. Allen became the 20th Blue Devil to surpass 1,800 career points during Wednesday’s win.
Syracuse’s Brissett averaged 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds while shooting .556 from the field while playing an average of 35.5 minutes in a loss to NC State and a road win at Miami. Brissett delivered a career-high 25 points in last Wednesday night’s game against NC State at the Carrier Dome, and then came back with his 10th collegiate double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) in Saturday’s 62-55 win over the Hurricanes.
Brissett, a 6-foot-8 native of Mississauga, Ontario, went a combined 6-of-13 from 3-point range in the two ACC games and was 5-of-6 from the foul line.
Virginia’s Hunter, a redshirt freshman from Philadelphia, tallied a game-high 22 points off the bench to lead No. 1 Virginia) to a 59-50 win at Miami. Hunter shot 8 of 16 from the field, 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 3 of 3 free throws.
Hunter had seven points to start a 13-0 run the first half and had 10 straight points to give the Cavaliers their largest lead of the game in the second half. He has led UVA in scoring in four ACC games and has tallied double figures in eight league games. He is averaging 11 points on 52.7 percent shooting along with 3.9 rebounds in all ACC games.