Plenty of time remains, plenty of spins left in the competitive merry-go-round. But, for now at least, Duke's Nolan Smith is leading the ACC in scoring, an increasingly common position for a Blue Devil.
Players Who Led The ACC In Scoring, 1954-2010
|School||Yrs. Led||Players Led||Most Recent||Repeat Scorer|
|BC||0||JOINED LEAGUE IN 2006|
|C||5||4||Will Solomon, 2000||Butch Zatezalo (68,69)|
|D||10||7||J.J. Redick, 2006||Danny Ferry (88,89)|
|Jason Williams (01,02)|
|J.J. Redick (05,06)|
|FS||3||3||Toney Douglas, 2009|
|GT||2||2||Dennis Scott, 1990|
|M||5||4||Joe Smith, 1995||Len Bias (85,86)|
|Mi||0||JOINED LEAGUE IN 2005|
|NC||11||10||Tyler Hansbrough, 2008||Billy Cunningham (64,65)|
|NCS||8||5||Todd Fuller, 1996||David Thompson (73,74,75)|
|Kenny Carr (76,77)|
|V||4||3||Jeff Lamp, 1979||Buzz Wilkinson (54,55)|
|VT||1||1||Malcolm Delaney, 2010|
|WF||7||6||Josh Howard, 2003||Len Chappell (61,62)|
|SC||1||1||Grady Wallace, 1957|
Should his 21.0-point average through games of February 8 (prior to UNC) top the charts at season's end, Smith would be the eighth Duke player to lead the league. Tellingly, since Jason Williams (2001, 2002) and J.J. Redick (2005, 2006) each paced the ACC two years in a row, Smith would be the fifth Dukie in the past 11 years to outscore everyone else in the conference.
Not incidentally, 2011 could mark the 11th time a Blue Devil led the ACC, matching North Carolina for the most by any school.
Through early February Duke also was the ACC's most productive point-producing squad (84.7 points per game). Teams that boasted the league's leading scorer also paced it in scoring offense 18 times - five by Duke, four each by UNC and N.C. State, twice by Maryland, and once each by South Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
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