Shields earns Big Ten freshman of week award

2013-01-21T10:42:00Z 2013-01-21T11:03:44Z Shields earns Big Ten freshman of week awardBy BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

No surprise here.

Shavon Shields was named the Big Ten Conference freshman of the week after putting together back-to-back career scoring efforts against Purdue and Penn State.

Shields, the son of former Husker All-American football guard Will Shields, averaged 23.5 points on 72 percent shooting, with seven rebounds and two steals per game. Shields led the Huskers in scoring and rebounding in both games. His 29 points against Penn State were a career high, and one short of matching Tyronn Lue's single-game record by a true freshman.

Those are numbers that are arguably worthy for Big Ten player of the week honors; that award went to Michigan’s Tim Hardaway, Jr., who scored 21 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range (8-of-7 overall) in the Wolverines’ only game of the week, a victory at Minnesota.

Shields is the first Nebraska player to earn rookie of the week conference honors since Toney McCray in 2008-09 in Nebraska’s former conference.

Reach Brian Rosenthal at brosenthal@journalstar.com.

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