Giorgi Bezhanishvili earns Player of the Week honor and Ayo Dosunmu claims Freshman of the Week

Player of the Week

Giorgi Bezhanishvili, Illinois

F – Fr. – 6-9 – Rustavi, Georgia – The Patrick School (N.J.) – Division of General Studies

Averaged 25.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 69.0 percent from the floor in helping the Illini to a 2-0 week, defeating No. 9 Michigan State and Rutgers

Broke Illinois’ 29-year old freshman scoring record (previously held by Deon Thomas with 34 on Dec. 3, 1990) with a career-high 35 points in the Illini’s overtime victory against Rutgers

His 35 points were the most by an Illinois player in a single game since Malcom Hill scored 40 points on Nov. 13, 2016

Connected on 14-of-18 from the floor against the Scarlet Knights for the most made field goals in a game by an Illini player since Thomas made 16 field goals in a game in 1991

Scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half and overtime, including a stretch of 13 consecutive points late in the second half against Rutgers

In Illinois’ victory over No. 9 Michigan State, posted 16 points and a team-high five rebounds

Earns the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career

Last Illinois Player of the Week: Malcolm Hill (Nov. 14, 2016)

Freshman of the Week

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois

G – 6-5 – Chicago, Ill. – Morgan Park High School – Division of General Studies

Averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in a pair of Illinois victories

Erupted for a game-high 24 points in lifting the Illini to a win over No. 9 Michigan State

Connected on 8-of-14 from the floor including 4-of-8 from 3-point range in the victory over the Spartans

His back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minutes gave Illinois the lead for good and secured the victory, which was the Illini’s first over a Top 10 team since 2013

Contributed 12 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in Illinois’ victory over Rutgers

Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor

Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Trent Frazier (Feb. 12, 2018)

Illinois swept Big Ten men’s basketball weekly honors for the first time in school history

For the first time in Big Ten men’s basketball history, a school claimed both awards with two different freshmen.