Michigan State, Ohio State Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

by | Jan 15, 2018 | RRSN News | 0 comments

Buckeyes’ Keita Bates-Diop earns second-consecutive Player of the Week award; Spartans’ Jaren Jackson Jr. named Freshman of the Week for third time

Player of the Week

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

F – Jr. – 6-7 – Normal, Ill. – University High

Averaged 23 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks in 33 minutes per game and went 18-of-34 (.529) from the field in two wins last week

Scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 91-69 win vs. Maryland

Finished one rebound shy of a double-double in a 68-46 win at Rutgers (20 points, nine rebounds) and added five blocks

Shot 8-of-15 (.533) from 3-point range last week

Earns his third career Big Ten Player of the Week honor

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Keita Bates-Diop (Jan. 8, 2018 and Dec. 11, 2017; Prior: D’Angelo Russell on Feb. 9, 2015)

Freshman of the Week

Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State

F – 6-11 – Carmel, Ind. – La Lumiere

Averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game in a pair of games last week

Tied a career high with 19 points against Michigan and added six blocks and three rebounds

Scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and had two blocks in a 76-72 win in overtime vs. Rutgers

Earns his third career Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor to become one of 16 students to earn three or more Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards in a season

Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Jaren Jackson Jr. (Dec. 11 and Nov. 27, 2017; Prior: Nick Ward on Feb. 27, 2017).

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