Penn State Basketball: DJ Newbill Named Co-Big Ten Player of The Week
Penn State's DJ Newbill has been playing at a high level over the past two games and the Big Ten conference noticed, naming Newbill Co-Big Ten Player of The Week alongside Northwestern's Drew Crawford.
Over the past week, Newbill has averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in Penn State’s wins over #24/23 Ohio State and Purdue. During the Nittany Lions' upset of Ohio State Newbill hit several key shots to send the game into overtime and a game winner with just under two seconds to go in overtime.
Against Purdue, Newbill scored 19 points, while going 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Newbill also pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Newbill currently ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.6 points per game and third in minutes played (35.1 mpg).
This is Newbill's first Player of The Week honor and the first Nittany Lion to have been given the nod since Talor Battle in January of 2011. Surprisingly, despite his ability to stuff the box score, graduate guard Tim Frazier has never been awarded with the honor during his career. Frazier has averaged 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game this season.
Penn State travels to East Lansing this Thursday for a showdown with Michigan State.