Malcolm Hill, James Blackmon share season's first Big Ten honors

Malcolm Hill, James Blackmon share season's first Big Ten honors

The first week of the college basketball season is in the books, and now it’s time to see who claimed the season’s first Big Ten players of the week. See all of the winners below.

Co-Players of the Week: Malcolm Hill, Illinois, G – Sr.

  • Averaged 30.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in a pair of wins over Southeast Missouri and Northern Kentucky
  • Shot 55.9 percent (19-of-34) from the field, 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from three-point range and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the free throw line
  • Against SEMO, scored 21 points, pulled down eight rebounds, handed out four assists and tallied a steal
  • Poured in a career-high 40 points on 13-of-23 shooting (.565) and corralled 12 rebounds versus Northern Kentucky, becoming the sixth player in program history to score 40 or more points in a single-game
  • Earns his third career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Malcolm Hill (Dec. 21, 2015)

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James Blackmon Jr., Indiana, G – Jr.

  • Scored 26 points, pulled down six rebounds and handed out a pair of assists in the Hoosiers’ overtime win against #3/2 Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic
  • Converted 8-of-17 field goals (.471), was 4-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc (.500) and made 6-of-7 free throws (.857)
  • Scored 22 points in the second half and overtime
  • Earns his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Player of the Week: Yogi Ferrell (Feb. 29, 2016)

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Co-Freshmen of the Week: Curtis Jones Jr., Indiana, G

  • Scored 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers, in the Hoosiers’ victory over Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic
  • Converted 5-of-10 field goals, including 3-of-5 three-pointers, in 16 minutes played
  • Chipped in seven points in overtime, including a three-pointer, a pair of free throws and a dunk with five seconds remaining that gave the Hoosiers a two-possession lead
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Thomas Bryant (Jan. 11, 2016)

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Miles Bridges, Michigan State, G/F

  • Scored 21 points, corralled seven rebounds, handed out two assists and swiped one steal in the Spartans’ two-point setback versus #12/9 Arizona in the Armed Forces Classic
  • Converted 9-of-19 field goals, and was 2-of-2 from the free throw line
  • Joined Jay Vincent (25 points; 1977) as the only other Michigan State freshman to score more than 20 points in his Spartan debut
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Deyonta Davis (Feb. 1, 2016)
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