Michigan State and Nebraska Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Laurels

Michigan State's Branden Dawson has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Jan. 30, 2012

Co-Player of the Week
Draymond Green, Michigan State
F – Sr. – 6-7 – Saginaw, Mich. – Saginaw 

  • Scored 22 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and added six assists in Michigan State’s 68-52 win over Minnesota
  • Shot 82 percent from the field, converting on nine of 11 field goal attempts, including all eight from two-point range
  • Recorded his 11th double-double of the season, good for first in the Big Ten
  • Picks up his third career weekly award and second this season
  • Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Keith Appling (Jan. 2, 2012)

Brandon Richardson, Nebraska
G – Sr. – 6-0 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Hawthorne 

  • Recorded 25 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead Nebraska to a 79-73 road win over Iowa
  • Shot 90 percent from the floor, hitting nine of 10 shots, including six of seven from three-point range
  • Marked a career high in points
  • Collects Nebraska’s first weekly award as a member of the Big Ten

Freshman of the Week
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
G – 6-6 – Gary, Ind. – Lew Wallace 

  • Posted a career-high 16 points, along with four rebounds and four blocks, in Michigan State’s win over Minnesota
  • Made seven of 10 field goal attempts en route to a 70 percent field goal percentage
  • Ten of his 16 points came in the second half
  • Earns his first weekly award
  • Last Michigan State 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
Jan. 23
P: Jordan Taylor, Sr., WIS
F: Trey Burke, MICH
Jan. 30
P: Draymond Green, Sr., MSU
P: Brandon Richardson, Sr., NEB
F: Branden Dawson, MSU