Nick Ward Named Big Ten Player of the Week
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore men’s basketball player Nick Ward was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday.
This is the second-straight week a Spartans player has been named the league’s player of the week, following sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges, who earned the honor on December 26.
The Spartans, winners of 13-straight games, improved to 14-1 overall with a 108-52 win over Savannah State on Sunday at the Breslin Center. It was the fourth-straight game that MSU had scored at least 100 points, the first time in program history the team has done so.
Michigan State is ranked No. 1 in the country in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.
In two games last week, Ward averaged 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in 20.5 minutes as went 16-of-17 from the field, connecting on 94.1 percent of his shots.
He tied his season high in points (22) and rebounds (15) in a 111-61 win over Cleveland State and followed that up with a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor en route to 21 points in a 108-52 win against Savannah State. He registered a pair of double-doubles to bring his season total to four.
This is the second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor for Ward, who earned the award in February, 2017, becoming the only league freshman to earn top honors in the league last season. In addition, Ward was named Freshman of the Week four times last year.
Michigan State is back in action on Thursday, Jan. 4, hosting Maryland in a Big Ten Conference game at the Breslin Center. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. The game will be shown live on FS1, with Gus Johnson calling the play-by-play and Bill Raftery serving as the color analyst.