The Big Ten released its weekly award winners for week 13 of the regular season on Monday and Iowa and Purdue ended up splitting the awards. Purdue’s Carsen Edwards was named as Big Ten Player of the Week and Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. In a big week for the league, these three stood out.
Entering this season, Edwards was widely regarded as one of the best players in the Big Ten and a legitimate National Player of the Year candidate. While Purdue lost plenty of experienced pieces, he would be the one constant and fans expected him to make a significant mark in his junior campaign. And generally speaking, that’s held up. He’s been one of the best players in the league so far.
And that was particularly evident this week. In wins over Penn State and Minnesota, Edwards averaged an impressive 27.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Notably, he scored 38 points in a win over Penn State. This is the fifth time that Edwards has been named Big Ten Player of the Week.
Wieskamp also had a really nice performance for the Hawkeyes this week. He came up huge in the team’s win over Michigan, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals and two assists. This is the second time that Wieskamp has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
All told, it was a big week for the Big Ten and these two teams. It will be exciting to watch Edwards and Wieskamp as the season continues to unfold.