Feb. 23, 2004
Velimir Radinovic, Ohio State
SR, C, Toronto, Ontario, Canada/T.A. Blakelock
Radinovic connected on an incredible 77.3 percent of his shots and averaged a double-double with 19.5 points and 10 rebounds during a 1-1 week to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. The Buckeyes senior opened the week by hitting seven-of-eight attempts from the field for 16 points while adding 10 boards, including six off the offensive glass, in a loss to Iowa. He followed up that performance with another double-dip, as he tallied a career-best 23 points on 10-of-14 from the field and corralled another 10 caroms as OSU earned a narrow victory on the road at Indiana. His 23-point effort surpassed his previous career-high of 20 points established at Purdue last season and also pushed him past 700 points for his career, as he now has 716 points while wearing a Buckeyes uniform. The 7-0 center produced back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career as he now has three on the season and five in his time in Columbus. Radinovic’s impressive shooting performance continued to build on his Big Ten leading field goal percentage, as he tops the Conference by shooting 67.9 percent from the field in League games only. That percentage is the highest by a Big Ten player since 1990, when Purdue’s Stephen Scheffler set the Conference record by connecting on 76.7 percent of his attempts.