CHAMPAIGN — After scoring a game-high 19 points in Illinois’ win at Minnesota on Wednesday, Illini rookie Kendrick Nunn was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week on Monday by the league office.
Nunn, who was inserted into the starting lineup four games ago along with fellow freshman Malcolm Hill, is averaging 13 points per game since entering the starting five. The 6-foot-3 guard has produced a pair of 19-point efforts after not reaching double figures in a game while coming off the bench for the first 23 games of the season.
Nunn buried five three-pointers in the win against the Gophers, the most by an Illinois player this season.
The Simeon product is the second Illini player to be honored by the league this season. Guard Rayvonte Rice twice has been named Big Ten Player of the Week.
He's the first Illinois player to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week since the award began in the 2010-11 season.
Nunn was honored by the Big Ten this week along with Michigan guard Nik Stauskas, who was named the conference’s Player of the Week.