Northwestern and Ohio State Garner First Weekly Honor of 2010-11 Season

Nov. 15, 2010

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced the winners of the season's first men's basketball awards on Monday. Northwestern's John Shurna was recognized as Player of the Week, while Ohio State's Jared Sullinger was tabbed Freshman of the Week.

Player of the Week
John Shurna - Northwestern
Jr. - F - 6-8
Glen Ellyn, Ill. - Glenbard West

John Shurna takes home the first Player of the Week honors of the 2010-11 season and the third weekly award of his career after scoring 22 of 31 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half on Friday, helping Northwestern defeat Northern Illinois, 97-78. The junior scored 25 points including a career-best seven three-pointers after the intermission, en route to tying his career high with 31 points in the contest. The performance helped the Wildcats to their highest scoring output since a 97-93 overtime win over No. 8 Michigan on March 12, 1994. The 97 points mark the most by Northwestern in a true road game since a 98-77 victory at Valparaiso on Dec. 9, 1975.

Last Northwestern Player of the Week: John Shurna (Jan. 4, 2010)

Freshman of the Week
Jared Sullinger - Ohio State
Fr. - C - Ohio State
Columbus, Ohio - Northland

Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger earns the conference's first Freshman of the Week award after posting a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds in Ohio State's 102-61 win over North Carolina A&T on Friday. He is the first Buckeye true freshman to reach double digits in both scoring and rebounding in his debut game since Herb Williams opened his career with 34 points and 10 boards in 1977. Sullinger made six of 10 shots from the field in his debut with six of his rebounds coming on the offensive side. The Columbus, Ohio, native also made seven of eight foul shots and recorded two assists in 21 minutes of court time.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: N/A