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Aubrey Dawkins Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

After averaging 26 points per game in two games last week, Aubrey Dawkins was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

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Aubrey Dawkins was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performances against Northwestern and Rutgers in the final week of the regular season, the Big Ten announced this afternoon (Mar. 9th). Dawkins averaged 26 points in the two games, totaling 21 points in the road contest at Northwestern and a career-high 31 points in the home finale against Rutgers. Dawkins' 31 points were the second-most scored by a Wolverine in a game this season, falling just short of the 32 points Caris LeVert tallied against NJIT, and the most scored by a Michigan freshman since Daniel Horton dropped 31 points against Purdue in 2003.

Dawkins scored his 52 points by being on fire from behind the three-point line. After draining 4-of-7 threes in the loss at Northwestern, he buried 8-of-11 threes against Rutgers to finish the week 12-of-18 (66.7 pct.) from deep. His eight threes against Rutgers are tied for the second-most threes made by a Wolverine in a single game and fell just one short of matching Michigan's all-time single-game record of nine threes set by Garde Thompson against Navy in 1987. As a result of Dawkins' hot-shooting, he finished the Big Ten season with a three-point shooting percentage of 47.9 percent and Big Ten-best eFG% of 63.3 percent in conference play. He has become a weapon for Michigan.

There was hope that Dawkins would earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors, but those were given to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky, who averaged 22 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game in two convincing wins, and Maryland's Dez Wells, who notched two double-doubles and averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game in two victories.

This is Dawkins' first weekly Big Ten award and the first earned by a Wolverine this year.