Duke basketball center Jahlil Okafor was named ACC freshman of the week.
Okafor averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in his first two contests as a Blue Devil, helping to guide Duke to victories against Presbyterian and Fairfield.
• Blue Devils freshmen Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor and North Carolina junior Marcus Paige were named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50.
The John R. Wooden Award, established in 1976, is presented annually to a student-athlete that not only showcases an athletic prowess on the court, but also demonstrates progress towards graduation by maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
North Carolina: Middle blocker Paige Neuenfeldt was named ACC player of the week.
She had 10 blocks and five kills as North Carolina cruised to a 3-0 sweep of N.C. State on Thursday. On Saturday, Neuenfeldt added nine blocks and nine kills as the No. 7 Tar Heels earned their highest-ranked victory in program history, defeating No. 3 Florida State 3-1.
Wake Forest: Outside hitter Kylie Long earned ACC freshman of the week. She recorded a double-double in a 3-2 victory against Notre Dame with 13 kills and 15 digs and recorded her first back-to-back double-digit kill performance with 16 kills against Louisville.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack added three student-athletes during the early signing period in Justin Hood, Nolan Mills,and Davis Richards.
Hood is ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of South Carolina for the class of 2015, is a two-time all-state selection and a four-time all-region player. Mills is the recent winner of this summer’s Dogwood State Junior Championship, taking first place at Sapon Ridge Country Club with a three-round score of 204 (-9). Davis is the fourth-ranked junior in the state of North Carolina for the 2015 class.
Duke: Five members of the Duke field hockey program were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s All-South Region first and second teams.
Senior midfielder Abby Beltrani, redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Blazing and junior midfielder Aileen Johnson earned spots on the all-region first team while senior forward Jessica Buttinger and junior back were selected to the second team.
North Carolina: Seven Tar Heels have earned spots on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s All-South Region team.
Emma Bozek, Charlotte Craddock, Nina Notman, Samantha Travers and Emily Wold were named to the 16-member All-South Region first team, and Loren Shealy and Julia Young were named to the second team.
North Carolina is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA semifinals in the past eight years and the 19th in team history. The Tar Heels face No. 4 Syracuse on Friday at 2 p.m.