PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference on Monday announced its men’s basketball Players of the Week. This week’s honorees are below. 

Co-Player/Freshman of the Week
Jared Sullinger – Ohio State
Fr. – C – 6-9
Columbus, Ohio – Northland

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger earns his second straight Freshman of the Week award and his first Player of the Week honor after scoring a career-high 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Buckeyes’ 93-75 win at No. 9/10 Florida on Tuesday. Against the Gators, he shot .765 (13-for-17) from the floor, dished out two assists and tallied a pair of steals. He followed that effort with 11 points and eight rebounds against UNC Wilmington in an 81-41 home victory on Saturday. For the week, Sullinger averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.

Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Evan Turner (March 1, 2010)
Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Jared Sullinger (Nov. 15, 2010)

Co-Player of the Week
Trevor Mbakwe – Minnesota
Jr. – F – 6-8
St. Paul, Minn. – St. Bernard’s

Trevor Mbakwe takes home his first Player of the Week award after helping Minnesota capture the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title with victories over Western Kentucky, No. 8/8 North Carolina and West Virginia. Mbakwe was named Most Outstanding Player at the tournament, averaging 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds over three games. With a game against Siena on Monday, the junior posted two double-doubles on the week, the first of which came against the Saints as he scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds. Against Western Kentucky, Mbakwe scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, giving him three double-doubles on the season. For the week, he averaged 14.0 points and 9.3 boards as the Gophers extended their record to 5-0.

Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Blake Hoffarber (Dec. 21, 2009)

2010 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Weekly Honorees

Nov. 15       O: John Shurna, Jr., NU
                  F:  Jared Sullinger, OSU
Nov. 22       O: Trevor Mbakwe, Jr., MINN
                  O: Jared Sullinger, Fr., OSU
                  F:  Jared Sullinger, OSU