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McAdoo, DeShields Named ACC Players of the Week

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Via press release:

North Carolina junior James Michael McAdoo has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, while Duke’s Jabari Parker earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth consecutive week.

McAdoo received ACC Player of the Week honors after his game highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds  in Saturday’s 75-71 homecourt win over 25th-ranked Pittsburgh.  The Norfolk, Va., native posted his fifth double-double of the season while connecting on 11 of 18 shots from the floor. He had seven offensive rebounds and just one turnover in 37 minutes and scored six of his 24 points in the final 4:44, including back-to-back buckets for the Tar Heels after Pitt had gone on a 7-0 run to cut UNC’s lead to 63-61.

McAdoo has been playing some fantastic basketball of late. Even if his shot isn't necessarily falling, he still sets the tone with his attitude. In ACC play McAdoo is averaging 16.0 ppg, shooting 51% from the floor and grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. The only issue with McAdoo's game is the free throw shooting which continues to be suspect.

On the women's side, if you haven't seen Tar Heel freshman Diamond DeShields play then make a point to do so the next time UNC is on television or playing in Chapel Hill. DeShields also earned ACC Player of the Week honors with two 30 point games out of three outings this past week. The first came in a win over Duke in Durham last Monday night. The second was on Sunday when she scored 38 in a win at NC State. In between those games DeShields had "just" 19 points in the blowout of Pitt Thursday night. There are times on the offensive end DeShields makes a shot despite a really solid defensive effort by the opposing team. In short, she is just "too good" sometimes and versus Duke and NC State that was the case.

DeShields was joined in the weekly awards by teammate Aisha Gray who was named Rookie of the Week. Gray averaged 21.0 ppg in three games last week which was outstanding in its own right but overshadowed by DeShields.