CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia redshirt senior Mamadi Diakite (Conakry, Guinea) has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday (March 9).
Diakite earned his second league player of the week honor after averaging 15.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as No. 17 Virginia (23-7, 15-5 ACC) increased its winning streak to eight games with victories over Miami (46-44) and No. 15 Louisville (57-54).
The All-ACC second-team performer tallied his third career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in UVA’s 46-44 win at Miami (March 4).
Diakite added 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks as the Cavaliers knocked off Louisville 57-54 on Senior Day (March 7)
Diakite shot 13 of 27 from the field (48.2 percent) and 5 of 7 from the free throw line (71.4 percent) in the two wins.
He ranks eighth in the ACC in blocks (1.3), 11th in defensive rebounds (5.2), 13th in scoring (13.7) and 15th in free throw percentage (75.4) and rebounding (6.8).
No. 2 seed Virginia plays the winner of No. 9 seed Notre Dame (19-12) and No. 10 seed Boston College (13-18) in the quarterfinals of the 67th annual ACC Tournament on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m.