The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that Pitt senior forward Lamar Patterson was named ACC Player of the week. Patterson is the first Pitt player to earn a conference player of the week honor since Tray Woodall was named Big East Player of the Week on Feb. 6, 2012.
Patterson has been lighting up the stats sheet this season in almost every category including points, assists, rebounds, and steals. The Panthers' have a perfect 7-0 record for the eighth time in the last 13 years. They are currently ranked no. 30.
Patterson leads the team in scoring (17.1 p.p.g. avg.) and assists (38). He is shooting 50 percent from the floor (39-78) and 44.1 percent (15-34) from three-point range.
In the past week, he was named tournament MVP in helping the Panthers win the Progressive Legends Classic Tournament by beating Texas Tech and Stanford at the Barclays' Center in Brooklyn. He scored a career-high 23 points (8-13 from the floor) against Texas Tech and also dished out four assists and had a career-high tying five steals.
The next day, against Stanford, he broke his one-day-old record by scoring 24 points on 6-10 shooting from the floor and shot 9-11 from the free throw line and dished out six assists.
On Saturday, Patterson scored 18 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished six assists, and had five steals while committing only one turnover in an 84-67 win against cross-town rival Duquesne.
He averaged 21.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 4.0 steals in the week's action. He shot 47 percent from three-point range (8-17) and over 83 percent from the free throw line (15-18). His assist-to-turnover ratio was 8.00.
The Panthers host Penn State on Tuesday night in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.