Austin Rivers claimed all 62 votes from the ACC media to become just the second player in league history to earn unanimous ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Austin. “Working hard throughout the season and having great teammates and coaches has really helped me and I am going to share this award with them. Individual awards are great but at the same time we are all focused on winning championships as a team and that is what I want to win.”
Rivers, a nine-time ACC Rookie of the Week, led ACC freshmen in points (15.3 ppg.), minutes (32.9 mpg.), starts (30), field goals (159), free throws made (102), free throw attempts (159), double-figure scoring games (27) and 20-point games (8). He also finished the regular season second in three-point field goals (54) and steals (29) among freshmen.
The Florida native is the sixth Blue Devil to earn ACC Rookie of the Year accolades. Kyle Singler (2008), Chris Duhon (2001), Gene Banks (1978), Mike Gminski (1977) and Jim Spanarkel (1976) were Duke’s other winners.
Austin also earned Freshman All-America honors today and All-ACC first team honors on Monday.