Dec. 8, 2008
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert was named ACC Rookie of the Week Monday for his standout performances last week against Penn State and Vanderbilt, while Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez was named the conference Player of the Week.
Shumpert averaged 16.0 points and 9.0 assists in two games last week. The Oak Park, Ill., product opened the week with 14 points and 12 assists in the Jackets’ 85-83 loss to Penn State, notching the most assists for a Tech player in six years while turning the ball over just twice in 34 minutes. In Saturday’s 63-51 win over visiting Vanderbilt, Shumpert scored a season-high 18 points, handed out six assists and turned the ball over just twice in 36 minutes.
The 6-5 freshman is averaging 12.7 points a game for Tech this season and has reached double figures in points in each of the last five games. He ranks second in the ACC in assist average with 6.0 per game.
In being named ACC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks and third time in his career, Vasquez averaged 20.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 2.5 steals and shot .519 from the floor (14-for-27) as Maryland improved to 6-2 with victories over Michigan and George Washington. In posting back-to-back double-doubles, Vasquez led the Terps in points (23), rebounds (12), assists (6) and steals (3) in a 75-70 win over Michigan Wednesday. In Sunday’s 76-53 win over George Washington, the Caracas, Venezuela, junior had 17 points 11 rebounds and five assists. Vasquez currently ranks sixth in the ACC in scoring (17.8) and is tied for fifth in assists (4.9).