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ACC Player of the Tournament: Duke’s Jayson Tatum

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This is the darkest timeline.

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament Final-Notre Dame vs Duke Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

This spot was locked up for Bonzie Colson as the Notre Dame star threw up a wildly impressive 29 points and nine rebounds, doing it inside and out. This capped off an outstanding ACC Tournament for Colson, who may be the most underrated player in the country. If he did what he did at a more traditional power, he would be a household name, consistently in the discussion for National Player of the Year.

Unfortunately, to the victors go the spoils and sadly those victors are Duke and Jayson Tatum.

The freshman from St. Louis carried Duke in their run of four wins in four days. He finished the tournament averaging 22 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He also put up a solid 19/8 in the title game to hold off the Fighting Irish. These stats helped carry a Duke team with very little depth, which is totally not Coach K’s fault at all and please stop being mean to him.

Inexplicably, Luke Kennard won the official player of the tournament award. Kennard had a fantastic tournament but sometimes inexplicable things happen, such as losing at home to NC State. Some may say that Tatum has the upper hand by winning the award I am handing out in this article, but that is neither here nor there. The fact remains that the freshman star looks poised to help Duke in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which is sure to be aided by a selection committee with the memory capacity of Leonard from Memento.