DURHAM, N.C. -- For the first time this season, Duke swept the ACC’s weekly honors, as senior Quinn Cook was named the ACC Player of the Week, and freshman Tyus Jones was tabbed the ACC Rookie of the Week. Voted on by a select media panel, Monday’s announcement marks the second time this season that Cook earned player of the week honors and the third time Jones earned the rookie of the week award. Cook was also named player of the week last Monday, marking the second straight week the Washington, D.C., native is recognized, while Jones earned the first rookie of the week award of his college career Dec. 8.
Cook averaged 24.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while playing 84 of a possible 85 minutes as Duke topped No. 15 North Carolina and Clemson at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He was 18-of-33 (.545) from the field, including 9-of-16 (.563) from three-point range on the week. Cook played all 45 minutes in Duke’s overtime win over the Tar Heels, finishing with 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. He knocked down five first half three-point field goals and closed the game 6-of-9 from long range. Cook was also instrumental in limiting North Carolina guard Marcus Paige to 2-of-11 shooting on the night. In Saturday’s win over Clemson, Cook matched a career-high with 27 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and a steal. He was 11-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, in the win.
Jones averaged 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game in wins over No. 15 North Carolina and Clemson. The Apple Valley, Minn., native opened the week with 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists against the Tar Heels. He was at his best down the stretch, scoring nine points in the final 1:25 of regulation to help force overtime. Jones also had a key sequence in overtime, hitting a basket to cut into a three point North Carolina lead and following up with a steal and assist to Quinn Cook to put the Blue Devils ahead. In Saturday’s win over Clemson, Jones had 11 points, two rebounds, nine assists and four steals.
Duke resumes competition Wednesday, facing Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The game is set to tip at 9 p.m., with coverage on ESPN2.