Illinois and Minnesota Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Awards

Minnesota's Joe Coleman has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Jan. 16, 2012

Player of the Week
Brandon Paul, Illinois
G – Jr. – 6-4 – Gurnee, Ill. – Warren 

  • Had a career night against No. 5/5 Ohio State, scoring 43 points and adding eight rebounds and four blocks in the Fighting Illini’s 79-74 win
  • The 43 points marked a career high, the most by a Big Ten player since 1994 and the second most by any player in the country this season
  • Shot 73 percent from the field (11-15), including 80 percent from three-point range (8-10)
  • Earns his first Big Ten weekly award
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Meyers Leonard (Jan. 2, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Joe Coleman, Minnesota
G – 6-4 – Minneapolis, Minn. – Hopkins 

  • Averaged 15.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, helping Minnesota earn road victories at No. 7/8 Indiana and Penn State
  • Posted 23 points and five rebounds in the Gophers’ 80-66 win over the Nittany Lions
  • Recorded eight points, including four free throws with under a minute remaining in the game, helping seal Minnesota’s 77-74 win at Indiana
  • Takes home his first weekly award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: N/A

2011-12 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 14        
P: Victor Oladipo, So., IND
F: Cody Zeller, IND
F: Aaron White, IOWA
Nov. 21        
P: Drew Crawford, Jr., NU
F: Cody Zeller, IND
Nov. 28
P: Tim Hardaway Jr., So., MICH
F: Trey Burke, MICH
Dec. 5
P: Meyers Leonard, So., ILL
P: Keith Appling, So., MSU
F: Cody Zeller, IND
Dec. 12
P: Christian Watford, Jr., IND
P: Draymond Green, Sr., MSU
F: Trey Burke, MICH
Dec. 19
P: Deshaun Thomas, So., OSU
F: Cody Zeller, IND
Dec. 26
P: Meyers Leonard, So., ILL
F: Aaron White, IOWA
Jan. 2
P: Trey Burke, Fr., MICH
P: Keith Appling, So., MSU
F: Trey Burke, MICH
Jan. 9
P: Jared Sullinger, So., OSU
F: Cody Zeller, IND
Jan. 16
P: Brandon Paul, Jr., ILL
F: Joe Coleman, MINN