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Michigan State and Purdue Earn Final Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

by | Mar 8, 2021 | Basketball Blogs, Headlines | 0 comments

Spartans’ Aaron Henry named Player of the Week;

Boilermakers’ Zach Edey named Freshman of the Week

Player of the Week

Aaron Henry, Michigan State

F – Jr. – 6-6 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Ben Davis– Major: Communication

Averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the Spartans’ three contests vs. Indiana, at then-ranked No. 2/No. 2 Michigan and vs. then-ranked No. 2/No. 2 Michigan.

Led Michigan State in both points (22) and rebounds (eight) in the team’s 64-58 win vs. Indiana. Registered a double-digit point total for the 11th-straight game and the 22nd time this season.

Helped the Spartans defeat then-ranked No. 2/No. 2 Michigan in Sunday’s regular-season finale by scoring 18 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assists. Scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half. Marked the 24th time this season and 13th-consecutive game that he scored in the double digits.

Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career

Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Cassius Winston (March 9, 2020)

Freshman of the Week

Zach Edey, Purdue

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

Averaged 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting 76.0 percent from the field (16-of-21) during Purdue’s two wins over then-ranked No. 25/rv Wisconsin and Indiana.

Led Purdue with 20 points while playing less than 21 minutes in the Boilermakers’ 67-58 win vs. Indiana. Nearly notched a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds in the game. Became the first Purdue freshman since Robbie Hummel in 2008 to register back-to-back 20-plus point performances.

During Purdue’s win over then-ranked No. 25/rv Wisconsin, scored a career-high 21 points and added seven rebounds in less than 18 minutes of action. Became just the fourth player in the country this season to record at least 20 points and seven rebounds in less than 18 minutes of playing time.

Earns the second Freshman of the Week accolade of his career

Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Jaden Ivey (Feb. 8, 2021)