Smith Again Named ACC Rookie of the Week

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State men’s basketball freshman guard Dennis Smith, Jr., was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday afternoon. This is the third time this season, Smith Jr., has earned this honor.

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 third time this season, Smith Jr., has earned this honor.

 

ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel.

 

In two games last week, NC State’s Smith averaged 22 points, 12 assists, 6.5 rebounds and two steals. He opened the week by registering his second triple-double of the season with 13 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in NC State's overtime loss to Syracuse. Smith became the first player in ACC history to record two triple-doubles in league play in the same year. He is the fourth player in ACC history to record two triple-doubles in a single season, and the first since Clemson's Sharone Wright in the 1992-93 season. Smith is also the first ACC freshman to record two triple-doubles in the same season since Virginia's Ralph Sampson in the 1979-80 season.

 

On Saturday, Smith recorded his fourth 30-point performance of the season as he scored 31 points on 10-for-15 shooting in the Pack's loss to Miami. The Fayetteville, N.C., native added nine assists and three steals. 

 

For the week, Smith was 14-for-23 (.609 from the field, including 7-for-14 from 3-point range. He played 82 of a possible 85 minutes for NC State in the two games.

 

The ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year has lived up to his preseason billing as Smith ranks in the top-five in the ACC in scoring (fifth - 19.2 ppg.), assists (1st - 6.96 apg.) and steals (t-1st - 2.21 spg.). He leads all ACC freshmen in all three categories.

 

Smith's current points per game average would be the highest for an ACC freshman since Joe Smith averaged 9.4 points per game in the 1993-94 season. Smith's 6.96 assists per game average would be the highest for an ACC freshman since Kenny Anderson averaged 8.1 per outing in the 1989-90 season.

 

Smith has scored in double figures in 23 of 24 games this season and has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season. He has a 2.29 assist-to-turnover ratio while directing a Wolfpack attack that averages 81.2 points per game and is shooting 48.1 percent from the field.

 

Smith and his teammates return to action Wednesday when they travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to face #14/15 Florida State. The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET at will air on ESPN2.


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