The Big Ten released its weekly award winners for week 14 of the regular season and two teams split the awards. Rutgers’ Geo Baker was named Big Ten Player of the Week and Illinois’ Andre Curbelo was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Baker had quite a performance last week, scoring 20 points in Rutgers’ massive win over Indiana at home on Wednesday night. He also had two steals and a blocked shot in the win, which put the Scarlet Knights ever closer to an NCAA bid. This is the first time he’s earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors in his career.
The Freshman of the Week honors were also well deserved. Curbelo averaged 13.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game in the team’s three games last week, including wins over Nebraska and Wisconsin. He also had a double-double in the team’s win over the Huskers. This is the first time he’s earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors in his career.
Congratulations are in order for both players. Don’t be surprised if these two show back up on this list given how they have played to date.