Northwestern and Ohio State Earn Weekly Big Ten Honors

Dec. 20, 2010

Park Ridge, Ill. -
Player of the Week
John Shurna - Northwestern
Jr. - F - 6-8
Glen Ellyn, Ill. - Glenbard West

Northwestern's John Shurna earns Player of the Week honors for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career after averaging 27 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2 blocked shots per game, leading the Wildcats to a pair of victories last week. The junior forward shot 76 percent from the field, helping Northwestern to its first 7-0 start since the 1993-94 season. Shurna's 10-for-11 (.909) performance from the field in Monday's 81-65 win over Long Island ranks as a tie for the second-best single-game effort in school history. In the 78-62 victory over American, the Glen Ellyn, Ill., native scored 28 points, surpassing the 1,000 career point mark in the process, while also recording three blocks and three steals.

Last Northwestern Player of the Week: John Shurna (Nov. 15, 2010)

Freshman of the Week
Jared Sullinger - Ohio State
Fr. - C - 6-9
Columbus, Ohio - Northland

Ohio State's Jared Sullinger earns Freshman of the Week honors for the fifth time this season. The Columbus, Ohio, native averaged a double-double last week and turned in another record-setting performance in the Buckeyes' 79-57 victory over South Carolina. For the week, the 6-9 freshman averaged 20.5 points and 11 rebounds in wins against Florida Gulf Coast and the Gamecocks. He scored 30 points and collected a career-high 19 rebounds in the South Carolina game. During the two games, Sullinger connected on 15 of 26 (58 percent) shots from the floor while shooting 77 percent (10-for-13) from the free-throw line.

Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Jared Sullinger (Dec. 13, 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
Dec. 6
P: Jon Leuer, Sr., WIS
F: Jared Sullinger, OSU
Dec. 13
P: Jared Sullinger, Fr., OSU
F: Jared Sullinger, OSU
Dec. 20
P: John Shurna, Jr., NU
F: Jared Sullinger, OSU