NC State men’s basketball freshman guard Dennis Smith, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday afternoon. This is the second time this season, Smith Jr., has earned this honor.
ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel.
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 UNC-Chapel Hill.
For the week, he averaged 19 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and four steals in two games.
The ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year has lived up to his preseason billing through the first two months of the season as Smith ranks in the top-five in the ACC in scoring (fifth - 19.1 ppg.), assists (1st - 6.4 apg.) and steals (t-1st - 2.13 spg.). He leads all ACC freshmen in all three categories.
Smith is the only NC State player to score in double figures in every game this season and has a 1.94 assist-to-turnover ratio while directing a Wolfpack attack that averages 82.7 points per game and is shooting 48.9 percent from the field.
Smith and his teammates return to action Wednesday when they travel to Chestnut Hills, Mass., to face Boston College. The game will begin at 9 p.m. ET at will air on RSN.