Kendrick Nunn has played well since John Groce inserted the freshman guard into the starting lineup, and now he's got a conference honor to prove it.
The Big Ten named Nunn the Freshman of the Week on Monday, honoring the Simeon product for his 19-point outburst in the Illini's only game last week, a 62-49 win at Minnesota.
Nunn matched a season and career high with the 19 points, the second time he's scored that much in the past four games. He was 7-of-13 from the field including 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
Since entering the starting five against Penn State on Feb. 9, Nunn is averaging 13 points per game, including that pair of 19-point games. He's also emerging as one of the Illini's better scorers, if not their best in recent games. Rayvonte Rice has fallen off considerably, averaging just 12.3 points over those past four games following a fairly long stay among the leading scorers in the conference.
Joining Nunn on the conference's weekly honors list was Michigan guard Nik Stauskas, who earned his third Big Ten Player of the Week award of the season following a 25-point game in the Wolverines' win over the Michigan State Spartans on Sunday.