Duke and Carolina may not face each until next month, but their young stars, RJ Barrett and Coby White, have been putting on shows all year. Monday, Barrett and White were named ACC co-Freshman of the Week. Barrett was recognized as an ACC Freshman of the Week for the third time and White for the second time.
Duke’s Barrett averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals as No. 2 Duke won at Pitt 79-64 and beat Georgia Tech 66-53 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Barrett scored a game-high 26 points with five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes at Pitt. The freshman from Mississauga, Ontario, followed with his third double-double – 24 points and 11 boards – along with three assists and two steals in 38 minutes in the Georgia Tech win.
White became the first North Carolina player in 18 years to lead the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals in the No. 11 Tar Heels’ 103-82 win over 10th-ranked Virginia Tech. White finished last Monday night’s game with 27 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. He matched his season best with seven boards and had a season-high four steals.
The Blue Devils travel to Notre Dame to play the Irish Monday night. The Tar Heels will face Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Tuesday.