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Michigan State and Minnesota Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

by | Feb 25, 2019 | Basketball Blogs, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

Spartans’ Cassius Winston collects fifth Player of Week honor this season;

Gophers’ Daniel Oturu claims second Freshman of the Week award this season

Player of the Week

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

G – Jr. – 6-1 – Detroit, Mich. – University of Detroit Jesuit High School – Major: Advertising Management

Averaged 27.5 points, 8.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor in a pair of wins for the Spartans, who stand alone in first place in the Big Ten

In Michigan State’s 77-70 victory at #7/7 Michigan, posted a game-high 27 points and handed out eight assists while converting 7-of-13 from the floor and 13-of-14 from the foul line

Recorded a game-high 28 points along with eight assists, five rebounds and three 3-pointers in a 71-60 win over Rutgers

Has scored at least 20 points in 15 games this season, including 12 of the last 17 games

Leads the Big Ten assists with 7.4 per game and ranks third in points per game (19.2 ppg)

Earns the fifth Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career and this season

First Spartan to earn five Big Ten Player of the Week honors in a season

Joins Ohio State’s Evan Turner (seven in 2009-10), Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan (six in 2016-17) and Purdue’s Glenn Robinson (five in 1993-94) as the only individuals to earn five or more Player of the Week honors in a single season

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Cassius Winston (Jan. 28, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Daniel Oturu, Minnesota

C – 6-10 – Woodbury, Minn. – Cretin-Derham Hall– Major: Undecided

Averaged 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent in a pair of Gophers’ games last week

Posted a double-double against #7/7 Michigan with 18 points and a career-high tying 12 rebounds

Tied his career-high with 20 points and added eight rebounds against Rutgers, while shooting 7-of-10 from the floor

Leads Big Ten freshmen in rebounding with 7.3 per game and stands second among freshmen in blocked shots with 1.5 per game

Earns his second Freshman of the Week honor of the season

Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Daniel Oturu (Dec. 24, 2018).