Duarte Ties UO Record with Fourth Player of the Week Award
EUGENE, Ore. – For the fourth time in his career, senior guard Chris Duarte has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week, the Conference announced Monday.
The Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year finalist averaged 18.3 points per game on 57 percent shooting (17-of-30), including 58 percent behind the arc (7-of-12), along with 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game to help Oregon go 3-0 and clinch its second consecutive Pac-12 regular-season title.
Duarte opened week with 22 points and seven rebounds in Monday's win over Arizona, then added 23 points in Wednesday's win over UCLA. He capped the week with 10 points and six assists Sunday at Oregon State as the Ducks clinched their fourth Pac-12 regular-season title in the last six years.
Duarte, a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate, is one of just three players nationally averaging 17.0 points and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He is the only major conference player with those averages.
Recently named a third-team All-American by College Hoops Today, Duarte leads the Ducks in scoring at 17.3 points per game (fourth in the Pac-12) and leads the conference by making 2.5 three-pointers per game. He has scored in double figures in 18 consecutive games.
The Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, native ranks 10th nationally in three-point field goal percentage at 44.0 percent.
This is the second time this season and the fourth time in his career that Duarte has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week. He also earned the honor on Jan. 4 of this year.
Duarte's four career POTW awards tie him with a pair of NBA players for the most ever won by a Duck. Dillon Brooks was a four-time honoree during his Oregon career (2015-17) as was Blair Rasmussen in the 1980s (1982-85). Brooks is currently in his fourth season with Memphis, while Rasmussen had an eight-year NBA career with Denver and Atlanta.
Top-seeded Oregon begins play in the Pac-12 Tournament Thursday at 11:30 a.m. against either Arizona State or Washington State (Pac-12 Network).
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