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Illinois, Iowa and Purdue Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

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Illinois, Iowa and Purdue Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Iowa’s Luka Garza named Player of the Week;

Illinois’ Adam Miller and Purdue’s Zach Edey named Co-Freshmen of the Week


Player of the Week

Luka Garza, Iowa
C – Sr. – 6-11 – Washington, D.C. – Maret School – Major: Economics

  • Averaged 33.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots per game in victories over North Carolina Central and Southern. Garza currently leads the nation with 33.5 ppg
  • Shot 86.0 percent from the field, 75.0 percent from 3-point range and 87.5 percent from the free throw line
  • Scored 41 points against Southern, which accounted for 40 percent of Iowa’s scoring in its 103-76 victory. The 41 points marked the highest single-game total scored by a Hawkeye in the history of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. According to Iowa, his 36 first-half points are believed to be the most points scored by a Hawkeye in a half in program history
  • Earns the third Player of the Week accolade of his career; was a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2017-18
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Luka Garza (Jan. 20, 2020)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Adam Miller, Illinois

G – 6-3 – Peoria, Ill. – Morgan Park (Ill.) – Major: Undecided

  • Averaged 18.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in three Illini wins to start his career, scoring in double figures in all three games
  • Set the Illini freshman-debut scoring record with 28 points vs. North Carolina A&T, breaking the previous mark of 22 set by Brandon Paul (Nov. 13, 2009)
  • Made 10-of-12 shots (.833 pct.) against North Carolina A&T, including 6-of-8 (.750 pct.) from behind the arc. His 83.3 field goal percentage in the win marked the fifth-best shooting percentage ever by an Illini freshman
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Kofi Cockburn (Jan. 27, 2020)


Co-Freshman of the Week

Zach Edey, Purdue

C – 7-4 – Toronto, Ontario – IMG Academy (Fla.) – Major: Undecided

  • Averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 83.3 percent from the field during Purdue’s two contests vs. Liberty and Clemson
  • His 83.3 field goal percentage is tied for second in the nation among players with 15-or-more attempts
  • In the first game of his career, scored 19 points and registered five rebounds. Finished the season-opening win vs. Liberty 9-for-10 from the field (.900 pct.)
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Carsen Edwards (Jan. 23, 2017)


2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week


Nov. 30

P: Luka Garza, Sr., IOWA

F: Adam Miller, ILL

F: Zach Edey, PUR