Duke’s Williamson Named ACC Player And Rookie Of The Year

GREEENSBORO, N.C. — Duke forward Zion Williamson has been named the 2019 ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the year, the conference announced on Monday.

The Spartanburg, South Carolina native averaged 21.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game before injuring his knee on February 20th.

Zion Williamson of Duke was named the ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year on Monday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Williamson received 49 of 70 ACC Player of the Year votes from a selection panel of the 15 ACC head coaches and 55 members of the media.  His Duke teammate RJ Barrett was second in the voting with 16 votes.

The 6-foot-7 forward received 47 of 70 ACC Rookie of the Year votes. Barrett received 21 and North Carolina’s Coby White received two.

Williamson joins former Duke players Jahlil Okafor and Marvin Bagley as the only players in the history of the ACC to be named Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season.

Virginia’s Tony Bennett was selected as the ACC Coach of the year for the second consecutive season and fourth time overall since becoming the head coach at Virginia.  The Cavaliers are 28-2, and 16-2 in the ACC.  They shared the ACC regular-season title with North Carolina and are the number one seed in this week’s ACC Tournament.