Feb. 22, 2010
Greensboro, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week Monday by a panel of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, while Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez was named ACC Player of the Week.
In earning the Rookie of the Week Award for the third time in five weeks and fourth time overall, Favors averaged 17.0 points and 13.5 rebounds in Georgia Tech’s two games last week, falling one rebound shy of posting back-to-back double-doubles. In Saturday’s 76-74 loss at Maryland, the 6-10 freshman established career highs in both points (21) and rebounds (18), while hitting 9-of-15 shots from the floor. Earlier in the week, the Atlanta, Ga., native had 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the Yellow Jacket’s 68-51 win over North Carolina.
The performance against Maryland was Favor’s ninth double-double this year, and his 18 rebounds matched a high for a Tech player under head coach Paul Hewitt.
Favors leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (11.5 points per game), rebounding (8.5 per game), field goal percentage (59.7 percent) and blocked shots (51) this season.
In earning the Player of the Week Award for the third time this season and for the seventh time in his career, Vasquez averaged 24.7 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 rebounds as Maryland moved into second place in the ACC with wins over Virginia, NC State and Georgia Tech.
In an 85-66 win over Virginia Monday, the Caracas, Venezuela, senior had 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Two nights later in a 67-58 road victory at NC State, Vasquez totaled 26 points, six assists and four rebounds. In Saturday’s 76-74 win over Georgia Tech, Vasquez became the 41st player in ACC history to score 2,000 points in his career when he netted a team-high 18 points to go along with eight assists and five rebounds.