Atlantic Coast Conference Announces Basketball Players of the Week (2.27.17)

ACC_Identity_TM_PMS_WBGRelease from the ACC:

North Carolina junior Justin Jackson has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Miami’s Bruce Brown claimed Freshman of the Week honors.

The weekly honors are the second of the season for both players.

Jackson led UNC in scoring with 20-plus points in wins last week over No. 7 Louisville and at Pitt, as the Tar Heels clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s New York Life ACC Tournament and at least a share of the conference-regular season title. Jackson had a game-high 21 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals against the Cardinals, and a game-high 23 points with six rebounds and two assists at Pitt.

Jackson connected on nine 3-pointers in the two wins – going 4-of 9 (.444) against Louisville and 5-for-11 (.455) versus the Panthers. The forward from Tomball, Texas, was 9-for-20 from 3-point range for the week. The 21- and 23-point games were his 15th and 16th of the season with 20-or-more points. Jackson has led UNC in scoring 12 times in ACC play this season.

Brown keyed Miami to two wins against nationally ranked teams last week, knocking down the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime at No. 18 Virginia, then scoring 25 points in the Canes’ win over No. 10 Duke.

The 6-foot-5 Brown had 25 points, four assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 36 minutes versus Duke. Brown shot 11-for-18 from the floor and had four assists. He scored or had the assist on nine of Miami’s first 11 field goals. At Virginia, Brown hit the game-winning dagger, a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in overtime. He finished with 14 points, three rebounds, two steals and a block. For the week Brown averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in 40 minutes per game while shooting .520 (13-for-25) from the field and .917 percent (11-for-12) at the line.

Fighting Peaches: Georgia State basketball head coach Ron Hunter 2.24.17 @gsupanthers #gsupanthers

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Georgia State men’s basketball head coach Ron Hunter for an exclusive interview before practice on Feb. 24.
Topics included the Panthers’ home Sun Belt Conference win over Texas State on Feb. 20, the play of the bench, limiting turnovers, learning from late-game losses and leading the conference in field goal percentage offense and defense.

Fighting Peaches: Georgia State basketball D’Marcus Simonds @TwoSpicee presser 2.24.17 @gsupanthers

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of Georgia State basketball player D’Marcus Simonds before his team’s practice on Feb. 24. He scored a team-high 18 points in the Panthers’ 67-51 Sun Belt Conference home win over Texas State on Feb. 20.
Topics included thoughts on the win, difference in play of team in the second half of that contest, learning from late-game defeats earlier this season and concluding the regular season.
Georgia State returns to action on Feb. 25 at Arkansas-Little Rock in a conference contest.