staff, November 29, 2016


The Big Ten announced the weekly men's basketball honors on Tuesday, and Maryland's Melo Trimble and Purdue's Caleb Swanigan split the Player of the Week honor after having recent big games.

Michigan State's Miles Bridges won Freshman of the Week again.

Melo Trimble, Maryland – G - Jr. - 6-3 - Upper Marlboro, Md. - Bishop O?Connell

  • Averaged 23.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in leading the Terrapins to three wins over Stony Brook, Richmond and Kansas State
  • Earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Barclays Classic as the Terps claimed the team title
  • Shot 51.2 percent (20-of-39) from the field, 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from three-point range and 77.8 percent (21-of-27) from the free throw line
  • Scored 21 points, pulled down five rebounds, swiped three steals and handed out a pair of assists against Stony Brook
  • Matched his career-high with 31 points, including 21 points in the second half, to go along with four rebounds and two steals in the overtime win versus Richmond
  • Scored 18 points, including the game-winning layup with 6.6 seconds remaining, to secure the Terrapins? 69-68 win over Kansas State in the Barclays Classic championship game
  • Earns his third career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Maryland Player of the Week: Diamond Stone (Jan. 4, 2016)

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue – F - So. - 6-9 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Homestead

  • Averaged 17.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, recording three double-doubles, in leading the Boilermakers to three victories over Utah State, Auburn and NJIT
  • Earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Cancun Challenge as the Boilermakers earned the team title
  • Shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field, 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from three-point range and 90.0 percent (18-of-20) from the free throw line
  • Scored 15 points, including an 8-of-9 performance from the free throw line, and pulled down 10 rebounds against Utah State
  • Scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, corralled 10 rebounds and handed out two assists versus Auburn
  • Poured in 22 points, including a 6-of-6 effort from the floor and 10-of-10 output from the free throw line, pulled down 13 rebounds and tallied three assists against NJIT
  • Earns his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: A.J. Hammons (Dec. 28, 2015)

Freshman of the Week

Miles Bridges, Michigan State – G/F - 6-7 - Flint, Mich. - Huntington Prep

  • Averaged 19.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in Michigan State?s wins over St. John?s and Wichita State, and setback versus nationally-ranked Baylor
  • Scored 22 points, corralled a season-high 15 rebounds and added three assists and a block against St. John?s in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis
  • Chipped in 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting, pulled down five rebounds and recorded three blocks versus Baylor
  • Scored 21 points, collected four rebounds and tallied a pair of blocks in 23 minutes against Wichita State, as the Spartans secured a third-place finish in the Battle 4 Atlantis
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Miles Bridges (Nov. 14, 2016)