Malcolm Hill & Branden Dawson share weekly Big Ten hoops honors

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Malcolm Hill & Branden Dawson share weekly Big Ten hoops honors

The Big Ten office released its latest Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week on the Monday. See the honorees below.

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

  • Scored a game-high 27 points, including the game-winning field goal with less than five seconds remaining, to lift the Fighting Illini to a two-point victory over Penn State
  • Shot 10-of-15 (.667) from the field and was 4-of-5 (.800) from three-point range to go along with four rebounds
  • Recorded his third 20-point outing of the season, and his 19th scoring effort in double figures
  • Averaging 17.9 points per game over the last seven contests
  • In conference play, ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 16.9 points per game
  • Earns his first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Rayvonte Rice (Dec. 30, 2013)

Branden Dawson, Michigan State, F

  • Averaged 18.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game with a pair of double-doubles in leading the Spartans to a road win at Rutgers and an overtime victory over Michigan
  • For the week, shot 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the field
  • Scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, pulled down 11 rebounds, tallied four steals and recorded two blocks in the 71-51 win at Rutgers
  • Poured in 19 points on nine field goals, corralled 10 rebounds, including three offensive boards, swiped three steals and posted two blocks in the victory over Michigan
  • Has posted seven double-doubles on the season, which ranks second in the Big Ten, and has produced double-doubles in six of Michigan State’s nine conference games
  • Currently leads the Big Ten with 10.1 rebounds per game, including an average of 11.9 caroms per game in conference play
  • Earns his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Travis Trice (Jan. 12, 2015)

Freshman of the Week: D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State, G

  • Produced his third double-double during Big Ten play with 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to go along with six assists and two steals in Ohio State’s 80-56 win over nationally-ranked Maryland
  • Converted 6-of-12 field goals, including four three-pointers, and did not commit a turnover in 34 minutes of action
  • In conference games only, currently leads the Big Ten in scoring at 21.8 points per game
  • Collects his fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor and third in as many weeks
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: D’Angelo Russell (Jan. 26, 2015)