Michigan State and Ohio State Earn Weekly Big Ten Honors

Nov. 29, 2010

Park Ridge, Ill. - Player of the Week
Kalin Lucas - Michigan State
Sr. - G - 6-1
Detroit, Mich. - Orchard Lake St. Mary's

Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas earns conference Player of the Week honors after averaging 20.5 points in four games last week, setting career highs in scoring twice. The junior put up a career-best 28 points in a win over Chaminade at the Maui Invitational on Monday, then bettered the effort by one point two days later in the Spartans' win over No. 13/11 Washington in the same tournament. Lucas shot 69 percent from the field against the Huskies, including a 4-for-5 mark from long range. He also grabbed one rebound, dished out two assists and grabbed two steals in the winning effort. For the week, the senior shot 54.5 percent from the floor and totaled seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. The weekly accolade is the second of Lucas' career and his first this season.

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Raymar Morgan (March 1, 2009)

Freshman of the Week
Deshaun Thomas - Ohio State
Fr. - F - 6-6
Fort Wayne, Ind. - Bishop Luers

Deshaun Thomas collects his first Freshman of the Week award after averaging 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in Ohio State's wins over Morehead State and Miami (Ohio) last week. The forward scored 16 points on 70 percent shooting with seven rebounds against Morehead State on Tuesday, and then tallied 15 points on 67 percent shooting with five rebounds and a pair of assists against Miami (Ohio) on Friday. Thomas' award marks the third Freshman of the Week honor for the Buckeyes this season.

Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Jared Sullinger (Nov. 22, 2010)

2010 Big Ten Men's Basketball Weekly Honorees

Nov. 15 P: John Shurna, Jr., NU
F: Jared Sullinger, OSU
Nov. 22 P: Trevor Mbakwe, Jr., MINN
P: Jared Sullinger, Fr., OSU
F: Jared Sullinger, OSU
Nov. 29 P: Kalin Lucas, Sr., MSU
F: Deshaun Thomas, OSU