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ACC in the NBA, Jan. 28

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:08am
By: Harrison Chabinsky

Reggie Jackson (Boston College) may be a star in the making. With Russell Westbrook out with an injury, Jackson has filled the point guard role quite well for OKC, averaging over 14 points a game since Westbrook has been out.

Trevor Booker (Clemson) returned from his injury last week and turned in nine points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes of play for the Wizards.

With Luol Deng's (Duke) arrival to Cleveland, many believed the Cavs were in position to improve their disappointing record. They have improved with Deng's influence, but the team now wonders when Kyrie Irving (Duke) will take his next step, as well. Irving was voted an Eastern Conference All-Star starter. 

After a brief stint in the D-League, Ryan Kelly (Duke) has found himself contributing in the Lakers' starting lineup. He's been catching and shooting a lot of passes thrown his way by UNC alum Kendall Marshall. 

Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech) has been thriving in the No. 2 role for the Heat while Dwyane Wade rests. Bosh is shooting 73.6% in his last three games from the field. 

There may be a case for Thaddeus Young (Georgia Tech) to be an All-Star this year. The southpaw is averaging career highs in points and three point shooting. 

The Lakers are looking to get back to full health. Steve Blake (Maryland) is close to returning to the lineup. 

Ty Lawson (North Carolina) has scored in double figures in 39 of his 41 games this season. He is making a legit case to be a Western Conference All-Star this year. 

J.J. Hickson (N.C. State) is leading the Denver Nuggets in rebounds at 9.2 a game. He is also averaging 11.8 points a game. 

With Demarcus Cousins sitting out with an ankle injury, Aaron Gray (Pittsburgh) started his second consecutive game for the Kings. 

Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse) can not be stopped. He scored 62 points on Friday, a Knicks' single-game scoring record. However, the only thing Carmelo cares about is winning his first NBA championship. 

With Al Horford going down for the season, the Hawks needed some big men to step up. Mike Scott (Virginia) has answered the call and is making a case for a spot in the starting lineup. 

Tim Duncan (Wake Forest) moved into seventh place on the NBA's all-time blocks list, passing Shaquille O'Neal in the process. Duncan is averaging a modest double-double this season.