DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman forward Zion Williamson has been named both the 2019 ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of Year, leading four Blue Devils to earn All-ACC mention and becoming just the third player in ACC history to sweep the league’s Player and Rookie of the Year honors.
Williamson joins former Duke standouts Marvin Bagley III (2018) and Jahlil Okafor (2015) as the only players in the ACC’s 66-year history to sweep the conference's top individual awards in the same season. Williamson was also the only unanimous selection for both first-team All-ACC and All-Freshman honors this season.
Freshman RJ Barrett joined Williamson with first-team All-ACC honors, while fellow classmates Tre Jones and Cam Reddish each earned honorable mention All-ACC nods. Williamson and Jones were tapped to the ACC All-Defensive Team, while Williamson, Barrett and Jones were All-Freshman selections. Jones finished second in the balloting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
Williamson was the choice for ACC Player of the Year by 49 of the 70-member voting panel (15 ACC head coaches, 55 selected media). His teammate Barrett placed second with 16 votes. The ACC Rookie of the Year balloting was 47 votes for Williamson to Barrett’s 21.
Williamson is the 17th Blue Devil to be named ACC Player of the Year and 11th to be named ACC Freshman of the Year – the 13th and eighth, respectively, under head coachMike Krzyzewski. All-time, Duke now boasts 70 first-team picks, with 46 coming under Coach K.
Duke’s 17 Player of the Year Awards are the most in conference history, and the Blue Devils have had a first-team All-ACC selection in 12 consecutive years – the ACC’s longest active streak by eight years. It is the 17th time in school history, and first time since 2011, that Duke has had multiple first-team All-ACC honorees.
Although missing the better part of the final six regular season games due to a knee injury, Williamson still ranks third among ACC players in total points scored. His 21.6 points per game scoring average is second among conference players, and he stands third in rebounding at 8.8 per game and leads the conference (second nationally) with a .683 field goal percentage. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound native of Spartanburg, S.C., has also provided an intimidating defensive presence, ranking second in the ACC in steals (2.2) and fourth in blocked shots (1.85).
A finalist for the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and the Karl Malone Award, Williamson is the nation’s only player averaging more than 20 points per game and shooting better than .650 from the field.
The native of Mississauga, Ontario, Barrett is one of two players nationally – and the only one in power conferences – averaging 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The freshman is the ACC’s leading scorer at 23.3 points, is sixth in the conference in assists per game (4.2) and 12th in rebounds (7.4). He holds both the Duke and ACC freshman scoring records with 724 points, and the ACC freshman record for 20-point games (23). The freshman also set the overall Duke record for points in a season at Cameron Indoor Stadium with 402.
Virginia’s Tony Bennett was recognized as the ACC Coach of the Year, while the Cavaliers’ sophomore De’Andre Hunter received the nod as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The Sixth Man of the Year was Florida State’s Mifondu Kabengele, while Louisville’s Jordan Nwora was voted the ACC’s Most Improved Player.
Williamson and Barrett were joined on the All-ACC first team by Virginia’s Hunter, North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson and Virginia’s Kyle Guy.
Third-seeded Duke (26-5, 14-4) has a double-bye to the quarterfinals and plays Thursday night at 9 p.m. in Charlotte. The Blue Devils will face Syracuse, Boston College or Pitt with a spot in the semifinals on the line.
2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Post-Season Honors
Zion Williamson, Duke, 350*
RJ Barrett, Duke, 346
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia, 302
Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, 277
Kyle Guy, Virginia, 231
Luke Maye, North Carolina, 221
Ky Bowman, Boston College, 188
Ty Jerome, Virginia, 177
Coby White, North Carolina, 171
Kerry Blackshear Jr., Virginia Tech, 170
Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 135
Marcquise Reed, Clemson, 129
Tyus Battle, Syracuse, 128
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech, 72
John Mooney, Notre Dame, 71
Mifondu Kabengele, Florida State, 69
Cam Reddish, Duke, 37
Tre Jones, Duke, 18
Terance Mann, Florida State, 16
Elijah Thomas, Clemson, 10
ACC Player of the Year
Zion Williamson, Duke, 49
RJ Barrett, Duke, 16
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia, 4
Ky Bowman, Boston College, 1
ACC Freshman of the Year
Zion Williamson, Duke, 47
RJ Barrett, Duke, 21
Coby White, North Carolina, 2
ACC Coach of the Year
Tony Bennett, Virginia, 30
Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech, 12
Roy Williams, North Carolina, 11
Leonard Hamilton, Florida State, 10
Chris Mack, Louisville, 7
ACC Defensive Player of the Year
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia, 46
Tre Jones, Duke, 19
David Skara, Clemson, 3
Trent Forrest, Florida State, 2
ACC Most Improved Player
Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 30
John Mooney, Notre Dame, 27
Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, 5
Mifondu Kabengele, Florida State, 4
Kerry Blackshear Jr., Virginia Tech, 2
Chris Lykes, Miami, 2
ACC Sixth Man of the Year
Mifondu Kabengele, Florida State, 60
DJ Funderburk, NC State, 3
Jared Wilson-Frame, Pitt, 3
Nassir Little, North Carolina, 2
Braxton Key, Virginia, 2
ACC All-Defensive Team
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia, 60
Tre Jones, Duke, 56
Zion Williamson, Duke, 53
Elijah Thomas, Clemson, 31
James Banks III, Georgia Tech, 29
ACC All-Freshman Team
Zion Williamson, Duke, 70*
Coby White, North Carolina, 67
RJ Barrett, Duke, 66
Xavier Johnson, Pitt, 40
Tre Jones, Duke, 38