BiG Ten Men’s Basketball Honors

Illinois and Iowa Claim Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Hawkeye Garza garners honor after 44-point effort at Michigan


Player of the Week

Luka Garza, Iowa

C – Jr. – 6-11 – Washington, D.C. – Maret School – Major: Business

  • Averaged 33.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from a floor in a pair of Iowa games
  • Scored a career-high 44 points at Michigan, which are the most points ever scored by an Iowa big man in a single game, and third-most in school history
  • His 44-point effort was the biggest by any Hawkeye since John Johnson scored a school-record 49 points in 1970
  • The 44 points were the most scored by an opposing player in Crisler Center history and second all-time at the venue behind Rudy Tomjanovich’s 48 for Michigan vs. Indiana in 1969
  • Tallied his 1,000th career point in the game against the Wolverines
  • Became the first Big Ten player to score 40 or more points without a 3-point field goal since Jared Sullinger did so in 2010
  • His 17 made field goals tied for third-most in a game in Iowa history, which Bruce King last achieved in 1976
  • The 44 points are the most by a Big Ten player this season and believed to be the most by a Big Ten player since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson scored 44 vs. Kansas in 1994
  • In the Hawkeyes’ win at Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, Garza posted game-highs in scoring (23) and rebounding (nine)
  • Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career; he was a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2017-18
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Peter Jok (Dec. 12, 2016)

Freshman of the Week

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois

C – Fr. – 7-0 – Kingston, Jamaica – Oak Hill Academy (Va.) – Major: General Studies

  • Averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 12-of-15 (80 percent) from the floor and 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) from the foul line in a pair of Illini contests
  • Tied a career-high with 23 points against Miami (Fla.) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, his third 20-point game of the season
  • Shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor against the Hurricanes, the best mark by a Big Ten player this season, and best by an Illini since 2016
  • At No. 3 Maryland, tallied nine points and grabbed eight rebounds
  • Earns the third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Becomes the first Illinois player to earn Freshman of the Week three times in a season in Big Ten history
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Kofi Cockburn (Nov. 25, 2019)

2019-20 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 11

P: Nate Reuvers, Jr., F, WIS

F: Kofi Cockburn, C, ILL


Nov. 18

P: Kaleb Wesson, Jr., C, OSU

F: Trayce Jackson-Davis, F, IND

F: Malik Hall, F, MSU


Nov. 25

P/F: Kofi Cockburn, Fr., C, ILL


Dec. 2

P: Anthony Cowan Jr., Sr., G, MD

P: Jon Teske, Sr., C, MICH

F: Trayce Jackson-Davis, F, IND


Dec. 9

P: Luka Garza, Jr., C, IOWA

F: Kofi Cockburn, C, ILL

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