Big Ten hands out first men's hoops weekly honors

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)