Dec. 20, 2004
SR, C, Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman
Dials claims his first-ever Big Ten Player of the Week accolade after averaging 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while leading Ohio State to a pair of victories last week. He started the week by posting his first double-double of the season, tallying 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-71 victory over Texas Tech in Dallas, Texas. Dials followed with another double-digit scoring performance, finishing with 20 points while adding seven caroms and tying a career-high three blocks against Morehead State. He finished the week by shooting 60.9 percent from the field (14-for-23). Dials currently leads the OSU squad and ranks third in the League with a career-high 7.3 rebounds per game, while ranking second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game.