Duke’s Parker finalist for national player, freshman of year

From News ReleasesFebruary 27, 2014 

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Duke's Jabari Parker (1) celebrates after slamming in two during the first half against Florida State at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.

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— Duke’s Jabari Parker was named Thursday as a finalist for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy and the Wayman Tisdale Award for freshman of the year as announced by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Parker is averaging 18.8 points and an ACC-leading 8.9 rebounds for the Blue Devils (23-6, 12-4). He has set a Duke freshman record with 15 20-point games, while also leading the conference with 12 double-doubles. Parker ranks among the league leaders in scoring, rebounds, field-goal percentage, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds. He has been named ACC Player of the Week twice and rookie of the week nine times.

The 975-member USBWA will vote on the awards. The ballots will be distributed Sunday.

The Wayman Tisdale Award winner will be announced March 17 and the Oscar Robertson Trophy recipient will be revealed April 4.

Men’s Tennis

Duke: The 17th-ranked Blue Devils returned to dual-match play and swept Coastal Carolina in four doubles and seven singles matches. The 11-0 victory improved the squad to 6-3 on the spring.

Track and Field

ACC: Maryland’s Thea LaFond won the women’s pentathlon at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship in Clemson, S.C., with 4,222 points, on Thursday, bettering her first-place showing from last season by 111 points. Duke’s Karli Johonnot was second with 4,003 and North Carolina’s Emily Godwin took the bronze at 3898.

Duke claimed the women’s distance medley relay with a time of 11 minutes, 15.57 seconds. The quartet of Amina Banks, Lauren Hansson, Abby Farley and Audrey Huth edged Notre Dame (11:16.59) and North Carolina (11:18.88) to claim the Blue Devils’ third all-time ACC gold medal in the event and their first since 2007.

Rifle

N.C. State: The Wolfpack will travel to Oxford, Miss., this weekend for the Great America Rifle Conference Championships. The event will run Friday through Sunday. Joining the Wolfpack (28-9, 0-7) at the match will be Army, Kentucky, Memphis, Navy, Nebraska, Mississippi and West Virginia.

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