staff, January 11, 2016

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)