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Heel Tough Blog: RJ Davis Wins Jerry West Award

Updated: Apr 7

Jim Dedmon- USA Today Sports

For the first time in program history, a Tar Heel has taken home the Jerry West Award.

Senior guard RJ Davis was rewarded with the award given to best shooting guard this season. He becomes the first player in program history and just the second player in ACC history to take home the award which was first given out back in 2015.

He finished this season averaging 21.2 points per game, the best mark in the ACC. He also leads the conference in made field goals (260) and 3-point field goals (113). The 113 3-point makes are the most in program history, breaking the previous record held by Justin Jackson. His 21.2 per game makes him the first player to average more than 20.0 points per game in a season since Tyler Hansbrough in 2008-09. That mark is also the best since Hansbrough averaged 22.6 per game in 2007-08. His 42.8% field percentage is the second-best of his career, while his 39.8% 3-point field goal percentage is easily the best mark he has put up in his four years. He also finished with the second best free throw percentage of his career, hitting 87.3% of his shots from the charity stripe.

The award is another piece of what has been an extremely rewarding postseason for Davis. So far, he has collected consensus first team All-American honors, first team All-ACC honors and been named the conference’s player of the year. Now, he’ll turn his attention to winning the national team player of the year award.

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