Notebook: Duke's Jabari Parker an All-American; NC State softball player honored

From News ReleasesMarch 10, 2014 

— Duke freshman Jabari Parker was named to the Sporting News All-America first team, the publication announced Monday.

Parker, a 6-8 forward from Chicago, Ill., becomes the 42nd Duke player to earn All-America honors and the 28th under coach Mike Krzyzewski. He is just the second Duke freshman to appear on an All-America squad and was the only freshman on Sporting News’ first team. Duke has had an All-America selection in seven consecutive seasons and in 26 of Coach K’s 34 seasons.

Parker was also named ACC Rookie of the Week for the record-tying 10th time after leading No. 4 Duke to a 93-81 win over No. 14 North Carolina Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Parker’s 10 ACC Rookie of the Week citations match Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson (1989-90) and North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2005-06) for the most such awards in league history.

He was named to the coaches and Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association All-ACC First Team and ACC All-Freshman Team, while sophomore Rodney Hood garnered second team All-ACC honors from both groups.

Softball

For the second consecutive week, N.C. State shortstop Renada Davis has been named the ACC Player of the Week.

Davis led the Wolfpack at the plate in last week’s five games, compiling a .467 batting average with seven hits in 15 plate appearances.

• East Carolina junior Sarah Christian is the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for her performances against UAB last weekend.

Women’s Basketball

The ACC’s head coaches named these area players to the Al--ACC first team: North Carolina’s Diamond DeShields, Duke’s Tricia Liston and Elizabeth Williams, N.C. State’s Markeisha Gatling and Wake Forest’s Dearica Hamby.

• North Carolina is among four finalists for the third annual Russell Athletic “Together We R” Team Award, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced.

The other finalists include Colorado Christian University, Purdue University and the University of South Carolina.

Baseball

Wake Forest freshman Will Craig was named the ACC Player of the Week. Craig batted .615 in four games last week. He had two home runs in the series win over Georgia Tech. It was the first series win in Atlanta against Georgia Tech since 2001.

Tennis

The No. 11 North Carolina men’s (12-2) team rallied to beat seventh-ranked Texas (13-3) 4-3 at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in the first half of a doubleheader. North Carolina relied on the strength of its singles play to earn its first win against a Top 10 team at home since 2011, when the Tar Heels defeated No. 10 Duke on April 13 also by a 4-3 margin.

Track and Field

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced the Division I Regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year awards, with two members of the Duke program named. Redshirt senior Curtis Beach was named Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year and associate oach Shawn Wilbourn received the Southeast Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year honor.

Sports Club

The next meeting of the Raleigh Sports Club will be on Wednesday. The RSC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with special guest speaker, Carolina Hurricanes’ sideline reporter Chantel McCabe.

The RSC will honor Hunter Kuehn (Sanderson) as the student athlete of the week for outstanding achievement in the classroom, community and on the field.

Meetings are held in Bradley Hall in Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road at the intersection of Lake Boone Trail, just inside the Raleigh Beltline . Buffet lines open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting is from noon until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. See raleighsportsclub.org/ for details.

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