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:
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.
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.
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.
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.