ACC Honor Roll: Curry torches Georgia Tech
JAN 21, 2013 7:39a ET
So, with respect to Georgia Tech guard Chris Bolden and center Daniel Miller, Virginia Tech guard Erick Green and forward Jarrell Edddie, Wake Forest forward Travis McKie, Miami guard Durand Scott and forward Kenny Kadji, Duke center Mason Plumlee and guard Rasheed Sulaimon, Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan and forward Lonnie Jackson, Maryland forward Dez Wells, and N.C. State senior forward Richard Howell here are this week’s Big Men on Campus:
Big Men On Campus
Reggie Bullock, North Carolina: The 6-foot-7 junior scored UNC’s first eight points and outscored Maryland in the first half (21-20) finishing with a career-high 24 points in a 62-52 victory. Bullock also grabbed five rebounds.
Joe Harris, Virginia: A 6-foot-6 junior, Harris was terrific in an otherwise not-so-terrific game that saw the Cavaliers beat Florida State 56-36. Harris finished with 17 points, grabbed four rebounds, had four steals, a blocked shot and an assist while playing a typically excellent floor game.
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina: In perhaps his most physical performance of the season, the 6-foot-9 sophomore scored 19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, had two steals and two blocks in a 62-52 win over Maryland. McAdoo didn’t shy away from contact, and may have learned he can excel playing that way, too.
Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State: Brown (17 points, eight rebounds, four assists in the game) put the Wolfpack on his back in the second half of a one-point loss at Maryland during the week and then Brown showed why he should be the early leader for ACC Player of the Year in the game at Maryland, even though N.C. State lost. He also helped the Wolfpack beat Clemson on Sunday, totaling 23 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists for the week.
Devin Booker, Clemson: Booker had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in a win over Wake Forest during the week, and then put on a show in a 66-62 loss at N.C. State on Sunday night. Booker, who had 27 points and six rebounds, displayed a variety to his game that exceeded his older brother’s when he starred for the Tigers.
Disappointment of the Week
Florida State: Theirs is no way a team can be justified in scoring only 36 points in an ACC basketball game. None. Not in the shot clock era, no way. But FSU managed just 36 in a 20-point loss to Virginia over the weekend.
Player of the Week
Seth Curry, Duke: The senior sharpshooter was largely responsible for Duke pulling away from Georgia Tech 73-57 last week by draining 6-of-7 3-pointers and finishing with 24 points. Curry’s 3s were vey J.J.-esque — in the form of former Duke great J.J. Redick, who was known to put daggers in the hearts of opponents by bailing out many poor possessions — and carried more psychological value than the three points themselves.
Coach of the Week
Roy Williams, North Carolina: Williams has some personnel issues on his roster that can’t be remedied with mid-season transactions, so he has to deal what he has. And the coach appears to have finally pushed the one collective button that matters most with his young-and-still-talented Tar Heels, he’s gotten them to play with passion, focus and intelligence for two straight games, including in last Saturday’s 62-52 win over Maryland. UNC led 42-20 at the half, proof this team is improving.