staff, February 2, 2015

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)