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UNC's Berry, NC State's Smith earn weekly ACC honors

Posted January 9

UNC guard Joel Berry II was named the ACC Player of the Week Monday, while NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr. earned Freshman of the Week honors.

The ACC weekly honor is the third of the season for Berry, while Smith was recognized for the second time this year.

Berry averaged 25 points and four assists in UNC wins at Clemson and against NC State. He scored a career-high 31 points in the win at Clemson while connecting on a career-best seven 3-pointers in 10 attempts. Berry had 19 points and five assists in just 23 minutes on Sunday as he led the Tar Heels’ 51-point win over the Wolfpack. He was 6-for-10 from the floor, 3-for-7 on threes and 4-for-4 from the line. He added five rebounds and two steals.

Smith recorded the second triple-double in NC State history and the first in ACC history by a freshman against an ACC opponent with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in the Wolfpack’s 104-78 win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday. Smith, was 9-for-16 from the field in the win. Smith's 11 rebounds were a career high, and he also had a career-high with five steals in the win. The triple-double was only the 29th by ACC player in the 64-year history of the league.

Smith closed the week with 11 points and team-highs in assists (five) and steals (three) in the Wolfpack’s loss at North Carolina. For the week, he averaged 19 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and four steals in two games.

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