April 7, 2009
Clemson 6-7 forward Trevor Booker led the ACC in field goal percentage and rebounding in 2008-09, a rare double in the 56 years of ACC play. He is just the seventh player in ACC history to do so, the first since Tim Duncan of Wake Forest in 1996-97.
The final ACC statistics were released Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference office.
Booker finished the year with a .571 field goal percentage and a 9.7 rebounding average. He is the first Tiger to lead the league in field goal percentage since Devin Gray did so in 1993-94 and the first Tiger to lead in rebounding since Harold Jamison in 1998-99.
The ACC field goal percentage and rebound double was first accomplished by Buck Williams of Maryland in 1980-81 when he averaged 11.7 rebounds and shot 64.7 percent from the field. Ralph Sampson did it in 1982-83, his senior year when he was National Player of the Year for Virginia.
Clemson’s Horace Grant was the next to lead the ACC in both major categories. In fact that year Grant led the league in scoring and it was the first time and still one of only two occasions that the same player led the league in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage in the same season, the “Triple Crown” of ACC basketball. Duncan did it in 1996-97.
Dale Davis led the ACC in field goal percentage and rebounding in 1988-89 and 1989-90, his sophomore and junior years. The former Clemson center is the only ACC player in history to do it twice.
Booker ranked second in the ACC in blocked shots (1.97) and was 15th in scoring (15.3) this past season. The junior will have 792 career rebounds entering his senior year, most among active ACC players entering the 2009-10 season.
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