Illinois and Rutgers Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors – Big Ten Conference

Player of the Week
Geo Baker, Rutgers
G – Sr. – 6-4 – Derry, N.H. – Proctor Academy – Major: Human Resources Management

  • Scored a season-high 20 points, dished out a season-high 10 assists and grabbed five rebounds in Rutgers’ 74-63 Senior Night win over Indiana. Added two steals and a blocked shot in the game.
  • Tied a career-high with six three-pointers against Indiana to become the first college player in the country this season to register at least six three-pointers and 10 assists in the same game. Became the first player in Rutgers history to record six three-pointers and 10 assists in regulation during a Big Ten game.
  • Marked the second double-double of his career and his first since 2017.
  • Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career; was also named Freshman of the Week on Dec. 18, 2017.
  • This marks the first time since Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014-15 that a Scarlet Knight has been named Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

 
Freshman of the Week
Andre Curbelo, Illinois
G – 6-1 – Vega Baja, Puerto Rico – Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) – Major: Recreation, Sport and Tourism

  • Averaged 13.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in games at Michigan State, vs. Nebraska and at then-ranked No. 23/No. 24 Wisconsin.
  • Shot 15-for-28 from the field (.536 pct.) and 8-for-10 from the free throw line (.800 pct.) on the week.
  • Registered the first double-double of his career and nearly notched a triple-double in Illinois’ win vs. Nebraska, scoring 10 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing eight assists against the Cornhuskers.
  • Notched 17 points against then-ranked No. 23/No. 24 Wisconsin, marking the most points he has scored in a conference game this season. Added seven rebounds, two steals and an assist in the win.
  • Earns the first Freshman of the Week accolade of his career.
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Adam Miller (Nov. 30, 2020)

 
2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week
 
Nov. 30
P: Luka Garza, Sr., C, IOWA
F: Adam Miller, G, ILL
F: Zach Edey, C, PUR
 
Dec. 7
P: Trayce Jackson-Davis, So., F, IND
F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH
 
Dec. 14
P: Ayo Dosunmu, Jr., G, ILL
P: Luka Garza, Sr., C, IOWA
F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH
 
Dec. 21
P: Boo Buie, So., G, NU
F: Mason Gillis, F, PUR
 
Dec. 28
P: Ayo Dosunmu, Jr., G, ILL
P: Marcus Carr, Jr., G, MINN
F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH
 
Jan. 4
P: Liam Robbins, Jr., C, MINN
F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH
 
Jan. 11
P: Trayce Jackson-Davis, So., F, IND
P: Jordan Bohannon, Sr., G. IOWA
F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH
 
Jan. 18
P: Liam Robbins, Jr., C, MINN
P: Trevion Williams, Jr., F, PUR
F: Brandon Newman, G, PUR
 
Jan. 25
P: Isaiah Livers, Sr., F, MICH
F: Jaden Ivey, G, PUR
 
Feb. 1
P: Ayo Dosunmu, Jr., G, ILL
F: Brandon Newman, G, PUR
 
Feb. 8
P: Ayo Dosunmu, Jr., G, ILL
F: Jaden Ivey, G, PUR
 
Feb. 15
P: Joe Wieskamp, Jr., G/F, IOWA
F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH
 
Feb. 22
P: Luka Garza, Sr., C, IOWA
P: Duane Washington Jr., G, Jr., OSU
F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH
 
March 1
P: Geo Baker, Sr., G, RU
F: Andre Curbelo, G, ILL
 

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