Northwestern and Ohio State Collect Player of the Week Laurels

Nov. 30, 2009

The conference office announced on Monday the third weekly men’s basketball awards for games through Nov. 23-29. Northwestern’s John Shurna was named Co-Player of the Week along with Ohio State’s Evan Turner, who earns his third-straight weekly accolade of the season. 

Co-Players of the Week:
John Shurna, Northwestern
6-8 - F - So.
Glen Ellyn, Ill. - Glenbard West

John Shurna earns his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award after leading Northwestern to three wins last week and the tournament title at the Chicago Invitational Challenge. On Tuesday against Liberty, the sophomore put in 14 points and tied a career high with nine rebounds in the 69-53 win. In the tournament semifinals on Friday against No. 23 Notre Dame, Shurna posted a career-best 25 points to go along with eight boards in leading the Wildcats to a 72-58 win. The Glen Ellyn, Ill., native, followed that performance by igniting the Wildcats’ to the tournament title with 23 points, including 17 in the first 12 minutes of play, in a 67-65 victory over Iowa State. On the weekend, Shurna averaged 20.7 points, and 8.0 rebounds in 36.3 minutes for the Wildcats and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.

Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Michael Thompson (March 2, 2009)

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

Evan Turner collects his third consecutive weekly honor after etching his name in Ohio State lore while leading the No. 18 Buckeyes to a pair of wins last week. On Tuesday, the junior guard recorded Ohio State's third all-time triple double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to propel the Scarlet and Gray past Lipscomb, 84-64. The Chicago native now owns two triple-doubles on the year, making him one of just 34 NCAA student-athletes all-time to record multiple triple-doubles in a single season. With the effort against the Bisons, he also becomes the first Buckeye to open the season with five straight double-double performances since Clark Kellogg accomplished the feat in 1980. Turner continued his scoring prowess in Saturday’s contest against St. Francis, adding 16 in OSU’s 110-47 rout over the Red Flash, becoming the 44th Buckeye in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau. On the week, Turner averaged nine rebounds, eight assists and 16 points on 71.4 percent shooting.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Evan Turner (Nov. 23, 2009)