IU’s Bryant named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Indiana center Thomas Bryant (31) reacts to a scoring play in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State in Bloomington, Ind., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Indiana won 60-85. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Hawkeyes’ Gesell earns first career Player of the Week honor; Hoosiers’ Bryant named Freshman of the Week for the second time this season

Player of the Week

Mike Gesell, Iowa

G – 6-2 – Sr. – South Sioux City, Neb. – South Sioux City

  • Posted his first career double-double with 22 points and 10 assists in the Hawkeyes’ win over Nebraska
  • Converted 5-of-7 field goals and 11-of-13 free throws
  • Scored 19 points and handed out seven assists in the second half
  • Has dished out 10 or more assists in three games this season, the most by an Iowa player since Jeff Horner in the 2005-06 campaign
  • Currently ranks second in the Big Ten with 6.9 assists per game
  • Earns his first career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Jarrod Uthoff (Dec. 14, 2015)

Freshman of the Week

Thomas Bryant, Indiana

C – 6-11 – Rochester, N.Y. – Huntington Prep

  • Averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in the Hoosiers’ wins over Wisconsin and Ohio State, as Indiana remained unbeaten in Big Ten play
  • For the week, shot 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the field
  • Chipped in 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds to go along with a pair of assists against Wisconsin
  • Recorded his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds versus the Buckeyes
  • Currently leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 72.1 percent
  • Earns his second Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Thomas Bryant (Nov. 23, 2015)

2015-16 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 16          Player (Co): Joey King, MINN and Alex Olah, NU

Freshman: Caleb Swanigan, PUR

Nov. 23          Player: Denzel Valentine, MSU

Freshman: Thomas Bryant, IND

Nov. 30          Player: Denzel Valentine, MSU

Freshman: Deyonta Davis, MSU

Dec. 7            Player: A.J. Hammons, PUR

Freshman: Jordan Murphy, MINN

Dec. 14          Player (Co): Jarrod Uthoff, IOWA and Melo Trimble, MD

Freshman: Caleb Swanigan, PUR

Dec. 21          Player (Co): Malcolm Hill, ILL and Caris LeVert, MICH

Freshman: Nicholas Baer, IOWA

Dec. 28          Player (Co): Bryn Forbes, MSU and A.J. Hammons, PUR

Freshman: Corey Sanders, RU

Jan. 4             Player: Diamond Stone, MD-FR

Freshman: Diamond Stone, MD

Jan. 11           Player: Mike Gesell, IOWA

Freshman: Thomas Bryant, IND

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