Jan. 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Deshaun Thomas earned Big Ten co-Player of the Week honors Monday after leading the 15th-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team to a pair of wins over Big Ten opponents, including No. 2 Michigan. He shares the conference accolade with Indiana’s Cody Zeller, who led the Hoosiers in beating Penn State and No. 8/10 Minnesota.

Thomas averaged 21 points in a road win against Purdue followed by a victory against previously unbeaten and second-ranked Michigan. The junior forward tallied 22 points, seven rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist against the Boilermakers. He then followed the performance up up by recording 20 points, four boards, an assist and a steal versus the nationally ranked Wolverines.

Thomas, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range and is the Big Ten’s leading scorer. He earns his second Player of the Week award of the season and the third of his career.

The Buckeyes now are 13-3 on the season and 3-1 in the Big Ten heading into a 6 p.m. Saturday contest against Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich.

Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker rounded out the list of weekly honorees from the Big Ten Conference, earning Freshman of the Week honors.

2012-13 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 12
P: Tim Hardaway Jr., Jr., MICH
F: Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, IND

Nov. 19
P: Deshaun Thomas, Jr., OSU
F: Gary Harris, MSU

Nov. 26
P: Andre Hollins, So., MINN
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH

Dec. 3
P: Andre Almeida, Sr., NEB
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH

Dec. 10
P: Brandon Paul, Sr., ILL
F: Gary Harris, MSU

Dec. 17
P: Trey Burke, So., MICH
F: Mike Gesell, IOWA

Dec. 24
P: Derrick Nix, Sr., MSU
F: Mitch McGary, MICH

Dec. 31
P: Tracy Abrams, So., ILL
F: Nik Stauskas, MICH

Jan. 7
P: Trey Burke, So., MICH
F: Glenn Robinson III, MICH

Jan. 14
P: Cody Zeller, So., IND
P: Deshaun Thomas, Jr., OSU
F: Sam Dekker, WIS