Giddens earns Big 12 Men's weekly honor

DALLAS- Kansas freshman J.R. Giddens averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds in two wins and is the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week.

Giddens had his best week as a Jayhawk by averaging 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in KU's wins over Fort Hays State (80-40) and Oregon (77-67). A 6-5 freshman guard from Oklahoma City, Giddens started the week by tying a then-career-high with 12 points to go with a career-best 10 rebounds for his first career double-double against Fort Hays State. Later in the week, Giddens set a new career-high with 18 points against Oregon. He also pulled down seven rebounds against the Ducks. Giddens has scored in double figures in three of KU's last four contests.

2003-04 Phillips 66 Big 12 Player(s) & Rookie(s) of the Week

Player(s)

Nov. 24 - Andre Emmett, Sr. (Texas Tech)
Dec. 1 - Wayne Simien, Jr. (Kansas)
Dec. 8 - Jason Detrick, Sr. (Oklahoma)
Dec. 15 - Drew Lavender, Fr. (Oklahoma)

Rookie(s)

Nov. 24 - P.J. Tucker, Fr. (Texas)
Dec. 1 - P.J. Tucker, Fr. (Texas)
Dec. 8 - Linas Kleiza, Fr. (Missouri)
Dec. 15 - J.R. Giddens, Fr. (Kansas)

"I didn't expect it. I didn't even know there was any such award like that," said Giddens. "I'm happy. It's not hit me yet. Hopefully there will be more to come."

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