Champagnie, Radford, Davis Earn ACC Men’s Basketball Weekly Honors

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pitt sophomore forward Justin Champagnie and Virginia Tech sophomore guard Tyrece Radford were named the ACC Co-Players of the Week on Monday, and North Carolina guard RJ Davis was selected as the ACC Freshman of the Week.
                                                                           
ACC men’s basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel and announced on Mondays throughout the regular season.
 
Champagnie is the first ACC player to earn Player of the Week honors twice this season. He also claimed the distinction on Dec. 14.
 
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Champagnie scored 24 points and pulled down 16 rebounds Saturday in Pitt’s 96-76 triumph over Syracuse. Returning to action for the first time since suffering a knee injury Dec. 20, he recorded his fourth double-double and fourth 20-10 game of the season. Champagnie was expected to miss 6-8 weeks following the knee injury but returned after missing four weeks and just two games. He finished the game 9-of-18 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line, as the Panthers completed the regular-season sweep of Syracuse. Trailing by five at the half, Pitt outscored the Orange 64-39 in the second half as Champagnie posted 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks after intermission. Champagnie (18.7 ppg, 12.9 rpg) is the only player in the NCAA averaging at least 18 points and 12 rebounds per game this season.
 
Radford led Virginia Tech in scoring in two wins last week, averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in victories over then-No. 19 Duke (74-67) and Wake Forest (64-60). The native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, posted his first double-double of the season and the fourth of his career on Tuesday against Duke with 18 points and 12 rebounds, including four offensive, while also dishing out five assists – all three major categories were team highs on the night. He recorded his second 20-point outing of the season Sunday, pouring in 20 points at Wake Forest. He also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Radford shot 68.4% from the field for the week and also racked up 16 free-throw attempts, hitting 12 (75%).
 
Davis averaged 14.0 points and 2.0 assists per game as North Carolina defeated Syracuse (81-75) and fell at Florida State (82-75). A native of White Plains, New York, Davis was 9-for-17 from the field, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range. On Saturday at FSU, he tied his season high and led UNC with 16 points. He was a season-best 6-for-9 from the floor and had a season-best three assists with just one turnover. Davis scored 12 points and led UNC with a plus-14 rating in the win over Syracuse. He made two 3-pointers against the Orange, including one with 10:47 to play that sparked a 13-0 UNC run after the Orange had taken its largest lead of the game at 56-51. He had no turnovers in almost 22 minutes and made a pair of free throws with 21 seconds remaining to seal the win.
 
2020-21 ACC Player of the Week Honors 
Nov. 30 – Keve Aluma, Jr., F, Virginia Tech
Dec. 7 – Moses Wright, Sr., F, Georgia Tech
Dec. 14 – Justin Champagnie, So., F, Pitt
Dec. 21 – Quincy Guerrier, So., F, Syracuse
Dec. 28 – David Johnson, So., G, Louisville
Jan. 4 – Jose Alvarado, Sr., G, Georgia Tech
Jan. 11 – Matthew Hurt, So., F, Duke
Jan. 18 – Justin Champagnie, So., F, Pitt; Tyrece Radford, So., G, Virginia Tech
 
2020-21 ACC Freshman of the Week Honors
Nov. 30 – Jalen Johnson, F, Duke
Dec. 7 – Dre Davis, F, Louisville
Dec. 14 – Scottie Barnes, G, Florida State
Dec. 21 – DJ Steward, G, Duke
Dec. 28 – Shakeel Moore, G, NC State
Jan. 4 – Day’Ron Sharpe, F/C, North Carolina
Jan. 11 – DJ Steward, G, Duke
Jan. 18 – RJ Davis, G, North Carolina
 

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