Kris Humphries named Big Ten Player of the Week

The Big Ten named Minnesota's Kris Humphries as the first Conference Player of the Week for the 2003-04 season. Humphries opened his collegiate career with back-to-back double-doubles in the first and second rounds of the Preseason NIT, averaging 23 points and 12.5 rebounds in his first two games to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors. The 6-9 forward began his career in Minneapolis by hitting 12-of-23 shots (.522) to total 26 points and 15 boards against Missouri-Kansas City.

Kris Humphries is the first Minnesota freshman to post a 20-point, 10-rebound outing since Randy Carter tallied 29 points and 15 caroms against Northwestern on January 26, 1991. The last Gopher to produce 25 points and 15 rebounds in the same contest was Joel Przybilla (28-18) versus Iowa on January 24, 2000.

Humphries followed his opening performance with 20 points and 10 rebounds on the road at Utah. He is the first freshman in Big Ten history to earn Player of the Week accolades in the opening week of play. Humphries also becomes only the second first-year standout in Minnesota annals to collect the weekly award, joining 2002 Conference Freshman of the Year Rick Rickert, who was honored on February 4, 2002.

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