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Duke’s Bagley Is Stalking Greatness

The star freshman is doing something no ACC freshman has ever done.

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Wake Forest v Duke
DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 13: Marvin Bagley III #35 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 13, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina.
Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Oh, those precocious freshmen.

There have been a dozen players who led the ACC in scoring and rebounding at season’s end. All played between 1957 and 2008. Only one played in the past two decades.

None of the dual leaders were underclassmen, let alone freshmen. None of them were Duke players, either. But it appears both of those precedents are about to change, thanks to Marvin Bagley III.

As a matter of fact, with ACC preseason player of the year choice Bonzie Colson sidelined by injury for an extended period, don’t be surprised if Bagley emerges as the favorite for POY. He would be the second Duke freshman so honored, after Jahlil Okafor in 2015.

Players Who Led ACC in Scoring, Rebounds in Same Season
(Bagley Stats Through Games of Jan. 13)
Season Player, School Scoring Rebounding
2018 Marvin Bagley III, D 22.5 11.7
2008 Tyler Hansbrough, NC 22.6 10.2
1998 Antawn Jamison, NC 22.2 10.5
1997 Tim Duncan, WF 20.8 14.7
1987 Horace Grant, C 21.0 9.6
1978 Rod Griffin, WF 21.5 10.0
1965 Billy Cunningham, NC 25.4 14.3
1964 Billy Cunningham, NC 26.0 15.8
1962 Len Chappell, WF 30.1 15.2
1961 Len Chappell, WF 26.6 14.0
1959 John Richter, NCS 17.0 14.2
1958 Pete Brennan, NC 21.3 11.7
1957 Grady Wallace, SC 31.2 14.4

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