Big Ten hands out first men's hoops weekly honors

The Big Ten office released its first Players of the Week for the 2013-14 men’s basketball season Monday. The honorees include a pair of first-time winners, including Nebraska sophomore Shavon Shields, who put 28 points in an easy win over Florida Gulf Coast.

Player of the Week: Shavon Shields, Nebraska, G – So. – 6-7 

  • Scored a game-high 28 points in Nebraska’s 79-55 season-opening win over 2013 Sweet 16 participant Florida Gulf Coast
  • Shot 61.5 percent (8-for-13) from the field and was 12-for-12 from the free throw line
  • Pulled down six rebounds and dished out three assists against zero turnovers in 35 minutes
  • His 28 points were the most by a Big Ten player during the opening weekend of the season and the most for a Nebraska player in a season opener since 2008
  • Earns his first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Andre Almeida (Dec. 3, 2012)

Freshman of the Week: Noah Vonleh, Indiana, F – 6-10 

  • Produced a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in his first college game, helping Indiana post a 100-72 win over Chicago State
  • Went 5-for-5 from the free throw line and recorded three blocks in 22 minutes off the bench
  • Rebounding totals came on 11 defensive caroms and three offensive boards
  • Became the fourth freshman in the Tom Crean era to post a double-double in his first-career game, joining Tom Pritchard, Christian Watford and Cody Zeller
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (March 4, 2013)

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John Murphy on 11/11/2013 @ 2:30pm EDT Said:

Noah Venleh started. He did not “come off the bench”.