Deshaun Thomas Named Big Ten POW
Deshaun Thomas

Dec. 19, 2011

Ohio State sophomore Deshaun Thomas earned his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award Monday after leading the No. 2 Buckeyes to a pair of wins over South Carolina (76-66, Dec. 17) and USC Upstate (82-58, Dec. 14) . He has made 17-consecutive shots from inside the 3-point line, hitting his last six attempts against South Carolina Upstate Dec. 14 and then all 11 2-pointers in the road win at South Carolina Dec. 17.

For the season Thomas is shooting 65 percent from 2-point range (55-84). Last week he was 19-21 from short range while shooting 74 percent overall (23-31), including a 13-16 shooting effort at South Carolina, where he tallied a career-high 30 points. He averaged 26.5 points in the two games last week.

Player of the Week Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
F - So. - 6-7 - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Bishop Luers
• Averaged 26.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Ohio State's wins over USC Upstate (82-58) and on the road against South Carolina (74-66)
• Posted a career-high 30 points against South Carolina, adding six rebounds and three assists in the road victory
• Recorded 23 points and three assists against USC Upstate
• Shot 74.2 percent from the field for the week, including 81.3 percent against the Gamecocks • Earns his first Player of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Jon Diebler (March 7, 2011)

Freshman of the Week Cody Zeller, Indiana
F - 6-11 - Washington, Ind. - Washington
• Notched 21 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Indiana's 69-58 win over Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis
• Converted on eight of 14 field goal attempts in the win
• Reels in his fourth Freshman of the Week award
• Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Cody Zeller (Dec. 5, 2011)



2011-12 Big Ten Men's Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 14
P: Victor Oladipo, So., IND
F: Cody Zeller, IND
F: Aaron White, IOWA

Nov. 21
P: Drew Crawford, Jr., NU
F: Cody Zeller, IND

Nov. 28
P: Tim Hardaway Jr., So., MICH
F: Trey Burke, MICH

Dec. 5
P: Meyers Leonard, So., ILL
P: Keith Appling, So., MSU
F: Cody Zeller, IND

Dec. 12
P: Christian Watford, Jr., IND
P: Draymond Green, Sr., MSU
F: Trey Burke, MICH

Dec. 19
P: Deshaun Thomas, So., OSU
F: Cody Zeller, IND