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Trio of Devils Collect ACC Honors

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A unanimous first-team All-ACC selection for guard Luke Kennard highlighted Duke’s collection of conference awards on Sunday, with senior Matt Jones and freshman Jayson Tatum also honored in the first combined vote of the league’s coaches and media.

Kennard, a Franklin, Ohio, native led the ACC in scoring and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage. He was also the first Duke player since Christian Laettner to average more than twenty points per game while shooting better than 50% from the field. Kennard was the only unanimous selection to the first team. 

With his third team selection, Jayson Tatum became the fifth Duke freshman in the last four seasons to garner All-ACC accolades, and his selection to the ACC All-Freshman Team gives Duke a representative for the sixth consecutive season. He is also just the third freshman under Coach Mike Krzyzewski to average 15+ points and 7+ rebounds for a season. 

Senior Matt Jones is Duke’s first ACC All-Defensive Team selection since Mason Plumlee in 2013, but the 15th Duke player to earn the honor since 1997.

The three helped Duke earn the fifth seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament where they will face No. 12 seed Clemson or No. 13 seed NC State on Wednesday in the second round of the ACC Tournament at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The contest will tip at approximately 2 p.m. ET and be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network.

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