Back-to-back Freshman of the Week honors for Kendrick Nunn

Back-to-back Freshman of the Week honors for Kendrick Nunn
March 3, 2014, 9:45 am
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Vinnie Duber

The Illini have a three-game winning streak, and now Kendrick Nunn has a winning streak of his own going.

Nunn was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second straight week on Monday.

The freshman guard and Simeon product was key in the Illini's pair of upset wins last week, first against Nebraska and then at Michigan State. It's been defense leading the charge for the orange and blue, but Nunn has helped on the offensive end, too, scoring a total of 21 points in those two wins.

Against Michigan State, he grabbed a season- and career-high six rebounds and matched a season- and career-high with four assists.

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Nunn has now spent six games in the Illini starting lineup, and four of those games have been victories for John Groce's team. Though his season scoring average is still under six points per game, since getting into the starting five, Nunn is averaging 12.2 points per game.

Nunn now joins the group of five Big Ten players to win multiple Freshman of the Week honors this season. Indiana's Noah Vonleh leads the way with seven, and Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes has four. Nunn, Michigan's Zak Irvin and Purdue's Bryson Scott have two. Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. is the only other winner, winning just once.

Additionally, Indiana's Will Sheehey was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday.