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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
BC's Anderson named ACC Rookie of Week

By Jack McCluskey

After a stellar week in which he averaged 21.5 points in two games, Boston College freshman forward Ryan Anderson has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week.

The Lakewood, Calif., native put up 22 points and 10 rebounds on Thursday night in a loss at Maryland, then scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds on Sunday night in a home loss to No. 4 Duke.

In his past four games, he’s averaging 18.5 points and 7.75 rebounds -- both bests for BC.

Anderson leads all ACC freshmen in rebounding (7.0 per game) and is second in scoring (10.8 per game, behind only Austin Rivers’ 15.0).

“I think Ryan has done a terrific job of really figuring out how to be successful within our offense,” BC coach Steve Donahue said on Monday in his weekly conference call with reporters. “I thought it would be the biggest transition for him from high school, being a power player and playing in our system where we have guys at the 4-spot to really be a big guard, and at times be a post-up guy.

“I think he’s really developed a knack [for] how to score in and out.”

Anderson got the Eagles off to a flying start against the Blue Devils on Sunday, nailing his first two 3-pointers, and led all scorers in the game. After the loss, he talked about how the Eagles let their mistakes snowball on them.

He also said they would learn from that failure and try to get better for their next game, at Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon. He sounded confident saying it.

“It’s hard to teach what he does,” Donahue said of Anderson. “He’s got real good instincts around the rim. He has a really good feel how to use the body; he’s great with both hands. And as he gets bigger and stronger, I just think he’s going to be a terrific ACC player.”

Anderson is the third member of the Eagles’ freshman class to earn the award, following Lonnie Jackson and Dennis Clifford. Only Wake Forest in 1978-79 has had more than three players selected as ACC Rookie of the Week.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for and a frequent contributor to Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.