PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Junior center Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team has been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for week ending Dec. 11. Sims earns his first Big Ten weekly accolade and becomes the first Wolverine to be named Player of the Week since teammate Daniel Horton (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill HS) was honored three seasons ago (Feb. 24, 2003).
Sims opened the week by tallying a career highs 33 points and 13 field goals while shooting 13-of-17 (.765) in a 69-49 victory over Delaware State (Dec. 7). He added a season-best 13 rebounds against the Hornets for his sixth career double-double. Sims became the first Wolverine to score 30 points or more in almost three years; Horton recorded the last 30-plus point performance at Purdue on Feb. 19, 2003.
Sims wrapped up the week by going 6-for-8 from the field (.750) for 13 points along with seven rebounds, all offensive, in a 21-point road win over South Florida (Dec. 10).
For the season, Sims has scored in double figures in six of seven games, with three 20-plus point games, helping the Wolverines to their best start under coach Tommy Amaker and since the 1996-97 season. Sims leads the Wolverines with 16.4 points per contest while averaging a career-best 8.0 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 68.6 percent (48-for-70) from the field, which ranks him second among all Big Ten players.
The Wolverines will next hit the hardwood when they face UCLA (No. 14 AP, No. 14 ESPN/USA Today) Saturday (Dec. 17) at Crisler Arena. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN HD at noon.
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