The Big Ten released its weekly award winners for week six of the regular season and three teams ended up splitting the awards. Penn State’s Lamar Stevens was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis were named Big Ten Freshmen of the Week.
Stevens had a fantastic week of play, recording double-doubles in the teams wins over Maryland and Alabama at home. He ended up averaging 16.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game in Penn State’s two wins. This is the first time he has been named Big Ten Player of the Week during his career.
Cockburn and Jackson-Davis had big weeks as well. Cockburn averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in two Illinois wins, including an upset of then No. 5 Michigan and Jackson-Davis averaged 16.5 points and 11 rebounds per game in wins over UConn and Nebraska. This is the fourth time Cockburn has earned the award and the third time Jackson-Davis has won the award this season.
Congratulations are in order for all three players. Don’t be surprised if these three show back up on this list given how they have played to date.