Mike Gesell, Thomas Bryant claim weekly Big Ten hoops honors

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Mike Gesell, Thomas Bryant claim weekly Big Ten hoops honors

The Big Ten office announced its latest weekly men’s basketball award winners Monday. See both winners and watch select video highlights below.

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Player of the Week: Mike Gesell, Iowa, G – 6-2 – Sr. – South Sioux City, Neb. – South Sioux City

  • Posted his first career double-double with 22 points and 10 assists in the Hawkeyes’ win over Nebraska
  • Converted 5-of-7 field goals and 11-of-13 free throws
  • Scored 19 points and handed out seven assists in the second half
  • Has dished out 10 or more assists in three games this season, the most by an Iowa player since Jeff Horner in the 2005-06 campaign
  • Currently ranks second in the Big Ten with 6.9 assists per game
  • Earns his first career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Jarrod Uthoff (Dec. 14, 2015)


Freshman of the Week: Thomas Bryant, Indiana, C – 6-11 – Rochester, N.Y. – Huntington Prep

  • Averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in the Hoosiers’ wins over Wisconsin and Ohio State, as Indiana remained unbeaten in Big Ten play
  • For the week, shot 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the field
  • Chipped in 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds to go along with a pair of assists against Wisconsin
  • Recorded his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds versus the Buckeyes
  • Currently leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 72.1 percent
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Thomas Bryant (Nov. 23, 2015)