Illini's Brown Named Big Ten Player of the Week

Brown helped Illinois wrap up an undefeated month of February by averaging 19 points on 58 percent shooting both from the field and long range in a pair of victories last week. The Illini sophomore added 6.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game to earn his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor this season.

The 6-0 guard opened the week by nearly recording a triple-double with 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in a 19-point victory at Iowa, the Illini's largest margin of victory in Iowa City since 1954. Brown registered the first double-double of his career while setting a season-high in assists against only one turnover. In the final game of the year in Assembly Hall, he tallied a game-best 20 points against Northwestern, hitting seven-of-10 shots from the field and a scorching five-of seven from three-point range. Brown recorded an assist-to-turnover ratio of 6.0 in the two games, as he racked up 12 assists with only two turnovers in 73 minutes of action.

The Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year, as selected by the media, ranks second in the Conference with 4.72 assists in all games and second on the team with 12.8 points per outing. The Illini were a perfect 7-0 during the month of February and have won eight straight games, the longest winning streak by any Conference team this season. Brown collects the second Player of the Week award of his career, as he was also honored as a freshman on December 23, 2002.

Story courtesy the University of Illinois.

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