BiG Ten Men and Women’s Weekly Awards

Michigan State and Minnesota Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Spartans’ Cassius Winston collects fifth Player of Week honor this season;

Gophers’ Daniel Oturu claims second Freshman of the Week award this season


Player of the Week

Cassius Winston, Michigan State
G – Jr. – 6-1 – Detroit, Mich. – University of Detroit Jesuit High School – Major: Advertising Management

  • Averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor in a pair of wins for the Spartans, who stand alone in first place in the Big Ten
  • In Michigan State’s 77-70 victory at #7/7 Michigan, posted a game-high 27 points and handed out eight assists while converting 7-of-13 from the floor and 13-of-14 from the foul line
  • Recorded a game-high 28 points along with eight assists, five rebounds and three 3-pointers in a 71-60 win over Rutgers
  • Has scored at least 20 points in 15 games this season, including 12 of the last 17 games
  • Leads the Big Ten assists with 7.4 per game and ranks third in points per game (19.2 ppg)
  • Earns the fifth Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career and this season
  • First Spartan to earn five Big Ten Player of the Week honors in a season
  • Joins Ohio State’s Evan Turner (seven in 2009-10), Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan (six in 2016-17) and Purdue’s Glenn Robinson (five in 1993-94) as the only individuals to earn five or more Player of the Week honors in a single season
  • Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Cassius Winston (Jan. 28, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Daniel Oturu, Minnesota

C – 6-10 – Woodbury, Minn. – Cretin-Derham Hall– Major: Undecided

  • Averaged 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent in a pair of Gophers’ games last week
  • Posted a double-double against #7/7 Michigan with 18 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds
  • Tied his career-high with 20 points and added eight rebounds against Rutgers, while shooting 7-of-10 from the floor
  • Leads Big Ten freshmen in rebounding with 7.3 per game and stands second among freshmen in blocked shots with 1.5 per game
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week honor of the season
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Daniel Oturu (Dec. 24, 2018)


Maryland and Michigan Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Terrapins’ Kaila Charles and Wolverines’ Naz Hillmon are this week’s honorees


Player of the Week

Kaila Charles, Maryland

G – Jr. – Glenn Dale, Md. – Riverdale Baptist – Major: Communication

• Scored a game-high 29 points (on 13-of-23 shooting) while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots for the No. 8/9 Terrapins in a win over Minnesota on Feb. 21

• Tallied 17 points in the final 15:36 of the game, including the game-tying layup with six seconds left and the game-winning layup with 0.9 seconds to play

• Tied her career highs for field goals made and blocks

• Received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017-18

• Earns her second Big Ten Player of the Week award

• Last Maryland Player of the Week: Kaila Charles (Jan. 29, 2018)


Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Megan Gustafson, Sr., F/C, IOWA: Scored 26 points and added 12 rebounds for the No. 10/10 Hawkeyes on Feb. 21 in a Big Ten matchup at Indiana

Naz Hillmon, Fr., F, MICH: See below

Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Sr., F, NU: Became the 23rd Big Ten student in conference history (and second this year) to grab 1,000 career rebounds with 19 points and 13 rebounds against Nebraska on Feb. 21


Freshman of the Week

Naz Hillmon, Michigan

F – Cleveland, Ohio – Gilmour Academy – Major: Undeclared

• Averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game with a .731 field goal percentage and a double-double last week as Michigan split Big Ten matchups with Rutgers (win) and Michigan State (loss)

• Registered her seventh double-double of the season Sunday at MSU with a career-high 27 points (on 11-of-13 shooting), 11 rebounds and a career-best six steals

• Contributed 21 points and seven rebounds in a home win over Rutgers on Feb. 21

• Collects her sixth Freshman of the Week award

• Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Naz Hillmon (Feb. 11, 2019)

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