Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu and Minnesota’s Marcus Carr named Co-Players of the Week;

Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson named Freshman of the Week


Co-Player of the Week

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
G – Jr. – 6-5 – Chicago, Ill. – Morgan Park (Ill.) – Major: Communication

  • Averaged 30.0 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game in Illinois’ wins over Penn State and Indiana.
  • In the team’s 69-60 win over Indiana, became the first Illini player in 23 years to register back-to-back 30-point games and is now just one of five players in the country to record back-to-back 30-point games this season. Earlier this season, scored 36 points at Missouri (Dec. 12) and is one of just three players in the NCAA to notch three 30-point games this season.
  • Scored 11 points during a 14-0 second-half run against Indiana that flipped a five-point deficit to a nine-point lead.
  • Currently averaging 24.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game and is the only player in the country averaging at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. According to Illinois, only three players have posted 20-6-5 for an entire year dating back to 1992-93: Memphis’ Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway in 1993, Morehead State’s Ricky Minard in 2004, and Ohio State’s Evan Turner in 2010.
  • Earns the third Player of the Week accolade of his career; was also a two-time Freshman of the Week honoree in 2018-19
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Ayo Dosunmu (Dec. 14, 2020)

Co-Player of the Week

Marcus Carr, Minnesota
G – Jr. – 6-2 – Toronto, Ontario – Montverde Academy (Fla.) – Major: Human Resource Development

  • Scored 30 points, dished out eight assists and grabbed three rebounds in Minnesota’s win over then-ranked No. 4/No. 5 Iowa. Shot 9-for-16 (.563 pct.) from the field, including 6-of-13 (.461 pct.) from three-point range. Registered a 30-plus point performance for a second-straight game after scoring 32 in last week’s win over Saint Louis (Dec. 20).
  • Hit a game-tying three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime. Also hit a three-point shot with 31 seconds left on the clock to pull Minnesota to within 78-81 of Iowa.
  • Has now scored over 1,000 career points in three seasons (221 in 2020-21 with Minnesota, 478 in 2019-20 with Minnesota and 320 in 2017-18 with Pittsburgh).
  • Ranks third in the country in scoring (24.6 ppg), trailing only Iowa’s Luka Garza (28.8) and Alabama A&M’s Jalen Johnson (26.0). Leads the country in made free throws (61) and ranks fourth in the nation in total field goals made (69). Also ranks 10th in the nation in total assists (56).
  • Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career.
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Daniel Oturu (Jan. 13, 2020)

Freshman of the Week

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

C – 7-1 – Alexandria, Va. – DeMatha Catholic (Md.) – Major: Undecided

  • Scored 13 points, grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and blocked two shots in Michigan’s win at Nebraska to help the Wolverines stay undefeated on the season (7-0). Registered a double-double and snagged 10-plus rebounds for the second time this year.
  • Became the first Wolverine to record 15 rebounds since 2019 when Jon Teske grabbed 15 boards vs. Gonzaga (Nov. 29, 2019).
  • Has now scored in the double digits in all seven of Michigan’s games and ranks second on the team with 15.3 points per game. Leads the team in total rebounds (59), rebounds per game (8.4) and blocked shots (12), while ranking second on the Wolverines in field goal percentage (.694) (min. of 15 attempts).
  • According to College Basketball Reference, ranks eighth in points per game (15.3), fifth in rebounds per game (8.4) and eighth in blocks per game (1.7) among all NCAA freshmen.
  • Earns the third Freshman of the Week accolade of his career.
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Hunter Dickinson (Dec. 14, 2020)


2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week


Nov. 30

P: Luka Garza, Sr., C, IOWA

F: Adam Miller, G, ILL

F: Zach Edey, C, PUR


Dec. 7

P: Trayce Jackson-Davis, So., F, IND

F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH


Dec. 14

P: Ayo Dosunmu, Jr., G, ILL

P: Luka Garza, Sr., C, IOWA

F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH


Dec. 21

P: Boo Buie, So., G, NU

F: Mason Gillis, F, PUR


Dec. 28

P: Ayo Dosunmu, Jr., G, ILL

P: Marcus Carr, Jr., G, MINN

F: Hunter Dickinson, C, MICH