Week three of B1G hoops is in the books and we're here to honor those who did it best in those seven days. Straight to the honoring we go:
Player of the Week (Unanimous): Nik Stauskas, Michigan - 2 GP, 22 ppg, 5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 48% FG
If you're one of the brave souls still playing the "Nik Stauskas is not just a shooter" drinking game, allow me to get a nice buzz going for you - after an iffy start to the season in non-conference play, Michigan has erased any and all doubts about what they had in the tank after Mitch McGary was sidelined for the rest of the season with a back injury. Stauskas, who many thought was just a shooter, has led the Wolverines in scoring at 18.0 ppg and he's proven that he's not just a shooter (1 drink). Last season, just 39% of the Canadian's shots came from inside the arc. This season, 46% of his attempts are twos, but that alone doesn't illustrate how much he's become not just a shooter (2 drinks) - he's already surpassed his free throw attempt total from last year (2014: 103 FTA in 16 games; 2013: 87 FTA in 39 games). Of course he's not not just a shooter (3 drinks); Stauskas is still shooting 44% from deep, making him one of the most difficult players to guard in the B1G. His huge step back three at Wisconsin on Saturday is example 1A of the player he's become. And that is to say: Nik Stauskas is not just a shooter (4 drinks).
Tim Frazier, Penn State - 2 GP, 18 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 56% FG%
The Nittany Lions have been objectively the worst team in the B1G through three weeks, dropping all six of their contests in that span. They've come close on numerous occasions, but they've yet to break through to secure their first win. Despite it all, Tim Frazier continues to ball out. The fifth-year senior carried his team to the brink of victory against Purdue on Saturday night with 19 points, 10 boards and five assists before Penn State's late-game yips took over. They'll have their best chance yet to get in the win column with a home matchup against Nebraska on Thursday night, and Frazier will need to continue his play for that to happen.
A.J. Hammons, Purdue - 2 GP, 13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg
Hammons has been largely inconsistent to begin the season, but he's found some form in the past few weeks and the Boilers have the wins to show for it. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier shot-blockers and the sophomore is now getting it done in the scoring department as well. His 17 points, eight boards and three blocks at Illinois set the tone for Purdue's first B1G road win and despite his struggles from the field against Penn State (0-4), he still managed to get into double digits via the charity stripe (10-14 FT). Matt Painter's teams come out to compete every night, but when Hammons is in this kind of form it makes Purdue one hell of a tough out.
Gary Harris, Michigan St. - 2 GP, 18.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3 spg
Sparty continued its dominance atop the conference standings with two wins over the Illinois-based B1G teams last week, and Gary Harris made the absence of Adreian Payne a moot point in each contest. The sophomore set the scoring pace with two team-highs, including a superb 23-point, 5-rebound, 4-assist showing at Illinois. Harris went 7-9 from the floor at the State Farm Center, displaying the efficiency from inside that arc that's become a hallmark of his game in his second season.
Tie: Drew Crawford, Northwestern - 2 GP, 11.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana - 2 GP, 17 ppg, 2.5 apg
Our voters felt the need to recognize a couple of individual performances in upsets from last week - Ferrell's 25 points against Wisconsin led the Hoosiers to a huge resume-building win. Northwestern saw that and was all "lol nope" and upset Indiana at Assembly Hall on the back of Crawford's 17 and 12, giving Chris Collins his second B1G win.