Demetrius Jackson and Zach Auguste receive All-ACC honors.
After the ACC regular season wrapped up on Saturday night the All-ACC teams and regular season awards were unveiled on Sunday. Notre Dame basketball saw two of it’s players receive All-ACC honors. Demetrius Jackson and Zach Auguste were both named All-ACC performers. Jackson was named to the Second Team, while Auguste received Third Team honors.
Although his play has slipped over the last month, Jackson was still definitely worthy of the honor. In ACC play Jackson averaged 15.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 steals and shot 41% from the field. His 5.1 assists per game in conference play led all ACC point guards. Jackson’s play certainly took a step forward this season as it officially became his team due to the loss of Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton. If Jackson ultimately decides to stick around for his senior season rather than going to the NBA, he could definitely be talked about as a potential First Team All-ACC and even ACC Player of the Year next season.
Auguste has been as steady and consistent as they come this season for the Irish. In ACC affairs Auguste averaged a double-double with 14.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The senior forward also shot 53% from the field in ACC play. Auguste has elevated his play this season as he has been called on to be more of an threat due to the loss of Grant and Connaughton.
Jackson and Auguste will help lead the Irish into the ACC Tournament as they will take on the winner of the Duke vs Wake Forest/NC State game on Thursday. The Irish showed real well in this tournament last season as they went on to win it. That run helped sparked Notre Dame’s deep run into the NCAA Tournament last season, can they find similar success this year? Only time will tell, but we do know that ND’s success will largely be predicated on the play of these two All-ACC performers.