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Illinois and Michigan State Earn Weekly Honors

December 10, 2012
Richmond High School

Player of the Week

Brandon Paul, Illinois

G - Sr. - 6-4 - Gurnee, Ill. - Warren

*         Scored a season-high 35 points to lead No. 13/14 Illinois to a road win
over No. 10/10 Gonzaga

*         Shot 10-for-16 from the field, making nine of his last 11 shots, also
draining five threes and hitting 10 of 11 attempts from the free-throw line

*         Also recorded four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in
the 85-74 win

*         Recorded a double-digit scoring game earlier in the week with 14 points
against Western Carolina to average 24.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5
steals and 1.5 blocks for the week

*         Earns his second career Player of the Week honor

*         Last Illinois Player of the Week: Brandon Paul (Jan. 16, 2012)

Freshman of the Week

Gary Harris, Michigan State

G - 6-4 - Fishers, Ind. - Hamilton Southeastern

*         Led No. 19/17 Michigan State in scoring in both the Spartans' games last
week with a season-high 20 against Loyola (Ill.) and 13 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff

*         Shot 60 percent from the floor, including 55 percent from three-point
range, including five threes against Loyola

*         Averaged 16.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists over the week

*         Earns his second honor of the season

*         Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Gary Harris (Nov. 19, 2012)

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

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