Rutgers’ Geo Baker named Player of the Week;
Illinois’ Andre Curbelo named Freshman of the Week
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)