Illinois and Minnesota Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Awards

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

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