Ryan Kelly Named ACC Player of Week, Fourth Duke Basketball Player This Year

Posted on January 8, 2013 by

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Ryan Kelly, Jarell EddieWhile Mason Plumlee was the center of opposing defenses this week, senior captain Ryan Kelly stepped up in a big way to keep Duke basketball perfect and earn the Blue Devils first conference win.

On Monday, Kelly earned ACC Player of the Week honors after carrying the offensive load in wins against Davidson and Wake Forest in Saturday’s ACC opener.

Kelly joins Plumlee, fellow senior captain Seth Curry, and sophomore point guard Quinn Cook as Duke players to receive this honor this season.

The 6-foot-11 senior has been hot from behind the arc to start the New Year, shooting 8-for-11 from three. Kelly averaged 20 points over the two wins (18 vs. Davidson, 22 vs. Wake Forest). These performances come on the heels of Kelly’s second double-double of the season in a 90-77 win against Santa Clara. Kelly ended the game with 10 points and 11 boards.

What’s more important is when Kelly scored. Plumlee was held in check in a 67-50 win against Davidson, ending with only 10 points. Curry was cold from the field. Kelly scored 18 points, which at the time was a season high. Kelly followed that performance into conference play and with several key 3-pointers in the first half, got Duke off to a fast start, something that had been lacking in recent games.

The accolades can continue for Kelly as he is now 58 points shy of 1,000 career points in a Blue Devil uniform. Plumlee already completed that milestone earlier this season and Kelly will likely join him as the 63rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Duke will return to action Tuesday against Clemson at home.

Terrence Payne is the interim editor for Devils in Durham. Follow him on Twitter@terrence_payne

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