Minnesota and Ohio State Receive Men's Basketball Weekly Honors
Nov. 22, 2010
Park Ridge, Ill. -
Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger share Big Ten men's basketball Player of the Week honors, while Sullinger earns the nod for Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Co-Player of the Week
Trevor Mbakwe takes home his first Player of the Week award after helping Minnesota capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title with victories over Western Kentucky, No. 8/8 North Carolina and West Virginia. Mbakwe was named Most Outstanding Player at the tournament, averaging 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds over three games. With a game against Siena on Monday, the junior posted two double-doubles on the week, the first of which came against the Saints as he scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds. Against Western Kentucky, Mbakwe scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, giving him three double-doubles on the season. For the week, he averaged 14.0 points and 9.3 boards as the Gophers extended their record to 5-0.
Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Blake Hoffarber (Dec. 21, 2009)
Co-Player/Freshman of the Week
Ohio State's Jared Sullinger earns his second straight Freshman of the Week award and his first Player of the Week honor after scoring a career-high 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Buckeyes' 93-75 win at No. 9/10 Florida on Tuesday. Against the Gators, he shot .765 (13-for-17) from the floor, dished out two assists and tallied a pair of steals. He followed that effort with 11 points and eight rebounds against UNC Wilmington in an 81-41 home victory on Saturday. For the week, Sullinger averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.
Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Evan Turner (March 1, 2010)
2010 Big Ten Men's Basketball Weekly Honorees
Nov. 15 O: John Shurna, Jr., NU