Redick piles up points, accolades

Duke senior poised to become league's all-time top scorer

Acc Notebook

February 22, 2006|By PAUL MCMULLEN | PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN REPORTER

If it doesn't occur tonight at Georgia Tech, it will Saturday at Temple. J.J. Redick will curl off a screen or step to the free-throw line and become the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Redick has 2,557 career points. Dickie Hemric got 2,587 in three seasons for Wake Forest from 1952 to 1955, when freshmen were ineligible. Redick's total is boosted by his NCAA-record 422 three-pointers, but even those who wear red-tinted glasses have to admit that he is among the great offensive players the college game has ever seen.

He can do more than put it up, however, and that will determine his legacy. How much of Redick's motivation centers on Duke's won-lost record?

"All of it," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "J.J. is all about winning."

Fair or not, Duke's fate in the NCAA tournament will affect how Redick is remembered.

He is a lock to become the 10th man to repeat as ACC Player of the Year. Only two won the honor three times. N.C. State's David Thompson (1973-75) is revered, because of his flair and the NCAA title he gave N.C. State. Ralph Sampson (1981-83) doesn't get the juices flowing, in part because Virginia always choked in March.

Thompson and Sampson played during heady days for the ACC. Redick entered Duke when Maryland was the defending NCAA champion, and he had to stomach North Carolina winning it all on his watch. This is not a vintage season for the ACC, but Redick has always been a marked man, and he dropped 41 points on both Texas and Georgetown.

Eleven days ago at Maryland, Redick dribbled from the left wing to the top of the key, squared his body while moving to his right and swished an impossible three-pointer. Plays like that have him averaging 28.9 points, the most by an ACC player since Thompson went for 29.9 a game in 1974-75.

Gonzaga's Adam Morrison leads the nation in scoring with an average of 29.3 He and Redick are the only names in a two-man race for National Player of the Year, but there is no debate as to who has faced tougher competition. Take away Gonzaga, and the West Coast Conference looks a lot like the Metro Atlantic, Loyola's league.

Andre Collins of the Greyhounds stands third in the national scoring race, just in front of another MAAC player, Keydren Clark of Saint Peter's.

Clark had hoped to join Pete Maravich and Oscar Robertson as the only three-time scoring champions in Division I. Clark has never played in the NCAA tournament. Neither did Maravich, a one-man show for LSU from 1967 to 1970.

Robertson, a legend at every level, couldn't get an NCAA title at Cincinnati. Kansas in 1952, with Clyde Lovelette, is the only NCAA titlist ever to include the NCAA scoring champion.

Redick could be the first scoring champion on a No. 1 seed since 1994, when Purdue had Glenn Robinson. The Boilermakers were eliminated in a regional final by Duke, which had Grant Hill and three other guys averaging in double figures.

These Blue Devils are not that balanced. Redick wants his points, because his team needs them.

Hansbrough a lock

The voting for the ACC's other top award should also be unanimous, as North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough has been Rookie of the Week eight times. No one else has been named more than twice.

Hansbrough's 40-point game against Georgia Tech last week broke the ACC record for single-game scoring by a freshman. On Nov. 30, 1974, Baltimore's Skip Wise had 38 as Clemson lost to Penn.

Wise (1975), Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson (1990), Maryland's Joe Smith (1994), Georgia Tech's Stephon Marbury (1996) and North Carolina's Antawn Jamison (1996) are the only freshmen ever voted first-team All-ACC.

Hansbrough, who averages 18.9 points and 7.7 rebounds, should be the sixth.

Tap-ins

The best Selection Sunday conspiracy theory we've heard has Gonzaga seeded No. 2 in the Atlanta Regional, behind Duke, bringing together you know who. ... Shawan Robinson (93.1 percent) can become the first Clemson player since 1967 to lead the ACC in free-throw shooting. ... After playing - and losing to - four straight ranked opponents, Miami gets a break at home tonight against Virginia Tech.

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

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