Michigan's Sims and MSU's Neitzel Share Men's Basketball Weekly Laurels

Nov. 20, 2006

Co-Players of the Week
Courtney Sims, Michigan
Sr., C, Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School

Sims shares Big Ten Player of the Week accolades after averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game last week and leading the Wolverines to a 5-0 start. The senior center closed out the week, shooting 78.9 percent from the field (15-of-19) and adding 2.0 blocks per contest. Against UW-Milwaukee, Sims scored 20 of his 26 points in the second stanza and added 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. He followed with another solid performance in an 82-50 triumph over Harvard, shooting 83.3 percent from the field (5-of-6), while tallying 12 points and six rebounds. He also became the 41st Wolverine to score 1,000 career points. Sims earns his second Big Ten Player of the Week accolade as he was also honored on Dec. 12, 2005.

Drew Neitzel, Michigan State
Jr., G, Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park
Neitzel claims his first Big Ten Player of the Week accolade after helping the Spartans to a 1-1 record and earning All-Tournament honors last week. The junior guard averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 assists during the College Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden. Against No. 19 Texas, Neitzel hit the game-winning basket on a driving layup with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Spartans a 63-61 victory. For the game he finished with 15 points, while adding six rebounds and six assists. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native then tallied a career-best 21 points and four steals in the championship game against Maryland. Neitzel currently leads the squad and ranks 10th in the conference in scoring (15.4 ppg).