On Monday, the Big Ten Conference announced that Illinois guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has been named the league's Freshman of the Week. The six-foot-three freshman averaged 19.5 points per game in two contests against No. 18 Indiana and Minnesota while shooting 67% from 3PT range (10-15) and 62% overall from the field.
Coleman-Lands also set the Illinois record for three-point baskets in a season by a true-freshman; the mark was previously held by D.J. Richardson (69).
The last Illinois player to win Freshman of the Week was Kendrick Nunn back in March of 2014.
On the season, Coleman-Lands is averaging 10.3 points per game and he's shooting a pretty incredible 42.6% from behind the arch. His game still has a lot of room for improvement, so this will hopefully be the first of many weekly honors during his time in Champaign.
The Big Ten also declared that Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell has won Player of the Week honors. The senior should really consider sending the Illini a 'Thank You' card since he exploded for 27 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds against them on Thursday night.