(WAOW) - Following impressive performances in a pair of wins over Iowa and Illinois, Wisconsin's Jon Leuer was named Big Ten Player of the Week, the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday.
Leuer claims the first Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his career after helping the Badgers clinch the No. 4 seed in this week's Big Ten Tournament. The junior averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks, while shooting 73.0 percent from the field in wins over Iowa on Wednesday and at Illinois on Sunday.
Leuer led the Badgers with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks in Wisconsin's 67-40 victory over Iowa, shooting 8-of-9 (.889 percent) from the floor, including 2-of-2 from behind the 3-point line. Against Illinois on Sunday, Leuer shot 8-for-13 from the field, and was 4-for-6 from the charity stripe, finishing with a game-high 20 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists in the Badgers' 72-57 win over the Illini.
This is the second Player of the Week honor for a Wisconsin player this season, joining Trevon Hughes, who was honored on Dec. 7. The last time UW had more than one Player of the Week accolade in the same season was in 2006-07 when Alando Tucker (three times) and Kammron Taylor (one time) each earned the award.
With Leuer back in the Badgers' starting line-up, Wisconsin has won three straight games by an average margin of 24.7 points per game. Leuer is second on the Badgers in scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game. He also leads UW with 5.7 rebounds per game, 30 blocks and a .524 field goal shooting percentage.
Courtesy: Univ. of Wisconsin Press Release
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