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Duke’s Jahlil Okafor is ACC Rookie of the Week for 4th time

Duke center Jahlil Okafor was selected the ACC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season in a vote by a select media panel.

Okafor averaged 18.5 points, 14.0 rebounds (6.5 offensive rebounds), 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in wins against Elon and Connecticut.

Okafor, a Chicago native, became the third freshman in ACC history to record at least a 20-20 game when he finished with 25 points and 20 rebounds Dec. 15 against the Phoenix. He was 10-of-14 from the field and added three blocks and two steals in the win.

He set a school freshman record with 20 rebounds, including 10 offensive (matching a Duke freshman record). His game with at least 20-20 was just the sixth by a freshman in the past 10 seasons. Okafor capped the week with 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists while facing constant double teams in a neutral-site win against reigning NCAA champion Connecticut. He was 3-of-5 from the field and held Huskies’ big man Amida Brimah, who was coming off a 40-point game, scoreless.

Okafor has scored in double figures in all 10 games and has helped the Blue Devils to 10 consecutive double-digit wins to open the season for the first time.

Women’s basketball

Elon: Freshman Malaya Johnson is rookie of the week in the Colonial Athletic Association. This marks the first weekly award for Johnson and the second time this season that a Phoenix player has been awarded a weekly honor by the conference.

Johnson led the Phoenix in its two games last week, averaging 16 points per game. The rookie went 14-of-17 from the field to shoot 82 percent and shot 57 percent from the charity stripe. She also hauled down eight rebounds, four boards per game, and handed out three assists.

Football

N.C. Central: Michael Jones has been selected to the Beyond Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team, earning second-team honors as a cornerback.

Baseball

North Carolina: The Tar Heels, at No. 24, are among seven ACC teams ranked in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s preseason poll. The league tied for the most from any conference.

The ACC is led in the poll by No. 3 Virginia, which reached the College World Series finals in 2014. No. 11 Florida State is joined by league newcomer and 12th-ranked Louisville and No. 14 Miami among the top 15.

Defending league champion Georgia Tech at No. 26 and Clemson at No. 28.

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