ACC Honor Roll: Curry torches Georgia Tech

There weren’t many great performances in the ACC this past week because

there weren’t that many games. Only eight during the week and weekend

combined, but there were enough quality efforts to consider for this

week’s honor roll.

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.