Michigan and Ohio State Garner First Weekly Honors of 2009-10 Season

Nov. 16, 2009

Juniors Manny Harris (Michigan) and Evan Turner (Ohio State) were tabbed Co-Players of the Week, for games played from Nov. 9-15, the conference office announced today.

Co-Players of the Week:
Manny Harris, Michigan
Jr. – G – 6-5 
Detroit, Mich. - Redford

Manny Harris becomes only the second student-athlete to garner Player of the Week laurels in back-to-back opening weeks (2008-09) after recording his first career triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists to pace the Wolverines in a 97-50 win over Northern Michigan on Saturday. His performance marked just the second triple-double in the U-M program history and the first since Garry Grant tallied 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on March 14, 1987, against North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Harris' 10 assists marked just the third time in his career the 6-5 guard handed out 10 or more assists in a single contest. The Detroit, Mich., native recorded a career-best 13 helpers against Oakland (Dec. 20, 2008) and had 10 at Ohio State (Jan. 28, 2009). Harris' 13 rebounds marked just the seventh time in his career he has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in a game, while his 18 points completed his 55th career double-figure scoring game in only his 68th collegiate outing. This marks the third weekly award for Harris, who has received Player of the Week accolades in each of his three campaigns with the Maize and Blue.

Last Michigan Player of the Week: DeShawn Sims (Dec. 29, 2008)

Evan Turner, Ohio State
Jr. – G – 6-7
Chicago, Ill. - St. Joseph's

Evan Turner earns a share of the weekly honor after posting his second-consecutive double-double of the season, including a triple-double performance while helping the Buckeyes open the 2009-10 campaign in dominating fashion last week. The junior guard tallied 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in Monday’s 100-60 win over Alcorn State – the first triple-double effort in Big Ten annals since Illinois’ Sergio McClain accomplished the feat on January 13, 2001. He then followed that performance with a game-high 24 points and 17 rebounds to go along with four assists and two steals against James Madison as OSU downed the Dukes 72-44 in its season-opener. The Chicago native becomes only the second student-athlete in program history to record a triple-double and now owns 13 career double-doubles since donning the Scarlet and Gray.  With his combined 38 points last week, Turner surpassed the 900-point plateau, amassing 923 career points overall. So far this season, Turner has pulled down 34 of the Buckeyes’ 90 rebounds and leads the team with 19.0 points, 17.0 rebounds 7.0 assists, FGs made (17) and minutes after two games. This is the fourth weekly laurel for Turner’s career after he collected three in 2008-09 as a sophomore.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Evan Turner (Feb. 9, 2009)