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Okogie Earns ACC Rookie Honors Again

Jan. 16, 2017

Derrick Favors was the last Georgia Tech freshman to be named ACC Rookie of the Week three or more times (four times in 2009-10). Okogie is the 14th Tech freshman to win the honor three or more times.

Greensboro, N.C. – Following his 27-point performance Sunday in Georgia Tech’s 86-76 win at NC State, freshman Josh Okogie was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday, earning the honor for the third time this season.

Okogie averaged 20 points per game, hitting 51.7 percent of his shots from the floor, in leading Georgia Tech to a pair of ACC wins last week. Okogie scored 27 points — his career high for an ACC game — on Sunday night at NC State to lift Georgia Tech to its first road win of the conference schedule. Okogie went 10-for-18 from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 4-for-6 from the foul line. The Snellville, Ga., native also had an assist, a steal, and blocked two shots.

Earlier in the week, Okogie scored 13 points (5-for-11 field goals, 3-for-4 free throws) with three assists and two steals as Georgia Tech defeated Clemson at home, 75-63.

Okogie ranks 10th in the ACC, and second among ACC freshmen, in scoring average against the conference at 18.4 points per game. He has a 26-point effort against No. 9 North Carolina to his credit as well as the 27-point game at NC State.

The 6-4 guard earned was named Rookie of the Week the first time on Nov. 28 following a Tech freshman-record 38-point performance against Tulane, then was named again on Jan. 3 after he scored 26 points in the Yellow Jackets’ win over North Carolina.

North Carolina junior guard Joel Berry II and Notre Dame senior guard Steve Vasturia were selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Co-Players of the Week.

Berry led North Carolina to a pair of ACC wins — a road victory at Wake Forest and a 96-83 win over ninth-ranked Florida State. The Apopka, Florida, native had 18 points, seven assists and only one turnover in the win over the Demon Deacons and a game-high 26 points against the Seminoles in just the second game ever in which FSU was ranked higher than the Tar Heels in the AP poll.

Vasturia helped the Fighting Irish grab sole possession of first place in the ACC standings with road wins at Miami and Virginia Tech, as Notre Dame remained the only undefeated team in league play. Against the Hurricanes on Thursday night, Vasturia scored 10 points with six rebounds, six assists and two steals and turned in another game-clinching play, scoring on a drive to the basket with eight seconds remaining to put the Irish up 65-62 in an eventual 67-62 victory.

ACC basketball weekly honors are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel.

Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is in its first year under head coach Josh Pastner. Tech has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won three ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993), played in the NCAA Tournament 16 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball on social media by liking their Facebook Page, or following on Twitter (@GTMBB) and Instagram.

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