Release from the ACC:
NC State junior Cat Barber has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week for the third time this season, while Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time.
ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a select media panel.
The Wolfpack’s Barber averaged 33 points and 4.5 assists per game and played all 80 minutes as NC State split a pair of ACC games. The 6-foot-2 point guard from Newport News, Virginia, had 36 points, four assists and five rebounds in last Wednesday night’s 90-83 loss to visiting Georgia Tech. He came back with 30 points, three rebounds and five assists in Saturday’s 85-69 win over No. 13 Miami.
Barber shot .511 from the floor in the two games (23-for-45) and went 18-of-18 from the foul line, continuing a streak that has seen him make 34 free throws in a row. Barber continues to lead the ACC in scoring at 23.1 ppg. He is currently the first player in the ACC since Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson in 1991 to average 23 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
The Seminoles’ Bacon averaged a double-double of 16.5 points and 10 rebounds as he led FSU to a pair of wins – on the road at Boston College and at home against Clemson. Bacon scored 21 points in the win over Clemson and recorded his third career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the win over Boston College. His 21 points in the win over the Tigers included a career-high tying 15 first-half points.
Bacon has scored in double figures in 19 of the 21 games he has played as a Florida State freshman. He is only nine points shy of having scored in double figures in each of the first 21 games of his career. The Lakeland, Florida, native’s four ACC Rookie of the Week selections leads the conference this season and is a new FSU school record.