By Mike Cooper
February 21, 2006
J.J. Redick scored 30 points in Sunday's 92-71 trouncing of Miami, which helped him surpass Johnny Dawkins as Duke's all time career scoring leader. The senior with the silky stroke ended the night with 2,557 career points, one more than Dawkins', an associate head coach for the Blue Devils, previous record.
Redick also leapfrogged former Wolfpack guard Rodney Monroe and his 2,551 career points, to become the second leading scorer in ACC history. The only former player left in Redick's scoring title run is Demon Deacon legend Dickie Hemric and his 2,587 points. Redick is aiming at the number one slot over the next couple of games and definitely should top the mark before the ACC Tournament gets underway.
This will certainly be the big story in the ACC in the coming days, but let us put this achievement into perspective.
Redick won ACC Player of the Year honors last season and is sure to repeat this season, while Monroe won that honor only once in 1991. Hemric, who also has the most rebounds in ACC history, achieved player of the year status twice which happened to be in the first two years of the league's existence.
Hemric was a versatile player in his heyday, but he did not get to play all four years on the varsity squad for Wake Forest because of freshman ineligibility, and he did not have the benefit of the three point shot. He was however the "go to" guy on a team not nearly as talented as Redick's comrades. So Hemric had to be relied on to score game in and game out.
Johnny Dawkins also had to play without the trifecta, which was not implemented until the 1986-87 season and like Hemric was keyed on by the opposing defense. What distinguishes Dawkins from Redick though is that Dakwins was also a very skilled handler, passer and compiled 555 assists along with his scoring feat. Rodney Monroe did have the luxury of the three pointer during his playing days, and his numbers were unquestionably inflated from having great feeds from PG back court teammate Chris Corchiani.
Redick is the star of an exceptional team, one that will challenge for the national title come March. Even though he played more years than Hemric, and got to use the three as part of, actually most of, his offensive arsenal, there are certain things that make his feats stand out. None of which is more remarkable than having to deal with intense scrutiny, especially via the Internet. Throughout it all Redick has handled the attention with ease, similar to the manner in which he's handled opposing defenses.
ACC Point Producers
Scorer / Games / Points / Average / Comment
Craig Smith 26 434 16.7 -- Scrappy in the interior
Jared Dudley 26 434 16.7 -- Yen to Smith's Yang
Sean Marshall 26 314 12.1 -- Scores well in traffic
Vernon Hamilton 24 294 12.3 -- Hard to pass the ball when nobody is open
Shawan Robinson 25 290 11.6 -- Can stroke it from deep
Akin Akingbala 25 276 11.0 -- Right place, right time
J.J. Redick 26 752 28.9 -- Three ball and cannot miss at charity stripe
Shelden Williams 26 477 18.3 -- Tough to handle in paint with authoritative jams
Sean Dockery 26 233 9.0 -- Makes clutch plays, just ask VT
Al Thornton 23 370 16.1 -- Intense style of play
Alexander Johnson 22 275 12.5 -- Stays close to the basket
Isaiah Swann 23 192 8.3 -- FSU has to have at least one guard scoring
Anthony Morrow 24 396 16.5 -- Quick release on three pointers
Ra'Sean Dickey 24 308 12.8 -- Brings football like mentality to hardwood
Jeremis Smith 24 279 11.6 -- Bruiser who can play either forward spot
Nik Caner-Medley 25 385 15.4 -- Can do a little bit of everything
Ekene Ibekwe 25 274 11.0 -- High riser with decent mid-range shot
D.J. Strawberry 25 267 10.7 -- Scoring lead guard with great genes
Guillermo Diaz 26 439 16.9 -- Has to score a lot to carry team on his back
Robert Hite 26 432 16.6 -- Deadly shooter that compliments Diaz nicely
Anthony King 26 230 8.8 -- Does the little things in the frontcourt
Tyler Hansbrough 23 435 18.9 -- So heady for a freshman and tough to guard
Reyshawn Terry 23 331 14.4 -- Steps up when it matters for the Heels
David Noel 23 273 11.9 -- Athleticism paying off in a big way
Cameron Bennerman 25 342 13.7 -- Plays with ice in his veins and can slam it
Cedric Simmons 26 314 12.1 -- Wingspan helps him control the post
Engin Atsur 26 293 11.3 -- A poor man's J.J. Redick
Sean Singletary 22 399 18.1 -- Best scoring PG in ACC since Marbury
J.R. Reynolds 23 362 15.7 -- Puts up a ton of shots
Adrian Joseph 23 244 10.6 -- Cavaliers best interior threat
Zabian Dowdell 25 380 15.2 -- King of the hustle play
Coleman Collins 21 329 15.7 -- One of the few notable big men this year
Jamon Gordon 25 284 11.4 -- Not the best shooter but is opportunistic
Justin Gray 25 476 19.0 -- Penetrator who can draw the foul
Eric Williams 26 415 16.0 -- Will dunk it on you if given space
Trent Strickland 26 330 12.7 -- Terrific first step and a decent mid-range game
Mike Cooper is a writer for The Appalachian Newspaper, The Watauga Democrat, and has contributed to CollegeHoopsGazette.com and Ballerstatus.net
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