BiG Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Honors

Michigan State, Ohio State Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Buckeyes’ Keita Bates-Diop earns second-consecutive Player of the Week award; Spartans’ Jaren Jackson Jr. named Freshman of the Week for third time


Player of the Week

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

F – Jr. – 6-7 – Normal, Ill. – University High

  • Averaged 23 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks in 33 minutes per game and went 18-of-34 (.529) from the field in two wins last week
  • Scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 91-69 win vs. Maryland
  • Finished one rebound shy of a double-double in a 68-46 win at Rutgers (20 points, nine rebounds) and added five blocks
  • Shot 8-of-15 (.533) from 3-point range last week
  • Earns his third career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Keita Bates-Diop (Jan. 8, 2018 and Dec. 11, 2017; Prior: D’Angelo Russell on Feb. 9, 2015)

Freshman of the Week

Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

F – 6-11 – Carmel, Ind. – La Lumiere

  • Averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game in a pair of games last week
  • Tied a career high with 19 points against Michigan and added six blocks and three rebounds
  • Scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and had two blocks in a 76-72 win in overtime vs. Rutgers
  • Earns his third career Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor to become one of 16 students to earn three or more Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards in a season
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Jaren Jackson Jr. (Dec. 11 and Nov. 27, 2017; Prior: Nick Ward on Feb. 27, 2017)


Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State Earn Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Iowa’s Megan Gustafson, Michigan’s Hailey Brown and Michigan State’s Taryn McCutcheon are this week’s honorees


Co-Player of the Week

Megan Gustafson, Iowa

F/C – Jr. – Port Wing, Wis. – South Shore

• Scored a career-high 37 points on 17-of-23 field goals, while adding 14 rebounds for her NCAA-leading 17th double-double of the season in last Saturday’s loss at home to Purdue

• Tied a school record with her 17 made field goals, matching Amy Herrig’s total against Northwestern on Feb. 14, 1999

• Also tied for the second-most field goals made in a Big Ten game and most since Minnesota’s Rachel Banham made a conference-record 19 field goals against Northwestern on Feb. 7, 2016

• Earns her seventh career Player of the Week honor and sixth of the season, tying the Big Ten record for the most Player of the Week awards in a single season set by Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender in 2010-11

• Last Iowa Player of the Week: Megan Gustafson (Jan. 2, 2018)


Co-Player of the Week

Taryn McCutcheon, Michigan State

G – So. – East Lansing, Mich. – East Lansing

• Registered a career-high 25 points, including 6-of-10 three-pointers while adding five assists, four rebounds and four steals in the Spartans’ win at No. 11 Maryland last Thursday

• Her six three-pointers tied for seventh in school history and were the most by an MSU student since Tori Jankoska made eight treys against Ohio State on Jan. 10, 2017

• Helped Michigan State to its first-ever win over Maryland and became the first Big Ten school other than Ohio State to defeat the Terrapins in their four seasons as a conference member

• Collects her first career Player of the Week award

• Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Tori Jankoska (Feb. 20, 2017)


Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Katelynn Flaherty, Sr., G, MICH: Averaged 24.5 points and 4.0 assists per game in two Wolverine wins last week, while also becoming Michigan’s all-time leading scorer (male or female) with 2,457 career points, passing former Wolverine men’s standout Glen Rice (2,442 from 1985-89)

Stephanie Mavunga, Sr., F, OSU: Collected her third consecutive double-double and ninth of the season with 20 points and 18 rebounds last Saturday in the Buckeyes’ win at Indiana

Andreona Keys, Sr., G, PUR: Instrumental in Purdue’s two victories over ranked opponents last week, averaging 22.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game with a .571 field-goal percentage and a .714 three-point percentage, including a career-high 34 points in last Saturday’s win at No. 18/17 Iowa


Freshman of the Week

Hailey Brown, Michigan

F – Hamilton, Ontario – The RISE Centre

• Averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game with a .682 field-goal percentage, including 4-of-4 three-point attempts in leading No. 23/20 Michigan to a pair of Big Ten wins last week

• Scored a career-high 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting (and made all three of her three-point tries) while grabbing eight rebounds in last Wednesday’s victory over Indiana

• Added 12 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season in last Saturday’s overtime win at Nebraska

• Earns her first career Freshman of the Week honor

• Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Kysre Gondrezick (Feb. 27, 2017)

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