PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Following his 20-point, 20-rebound performance against Florida Gulf Coast, junior DeShawn Sims(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Pershing HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team was named the co-Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced today (Monday, Dec. 29). Sims was joined as co-Player of the Week by Trent Meacham of Illinois
The award is the second weekly honor for Sims in his U-M career; he was previously honored on Nov. 11, 2007. He becomes the second Wolverine this season to be named Player of the Week, joining sophomore Manny Harris(Detroit, Mich./Detroit Redford HS), who earned the honor on Nov. 17.
Against Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 22), Sims became the first U-M player to record 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Phil Hubbard (1976-79) scored 22 points and grabbed 26 rebounds against Detroit in the NCAA Tournament on March 17, 1977. Sims' career-best rebounding effort was also the first 20-plus rebound game for a Wolverine since Graham Brown (2003-06) pulled down 21 boards at Indiana on Jan. 3, 2006, and is the best rebounding performance by any player in the Big Ten this season. The double-double was the fourth for Sims this season. He has also scored in double figures in all 11 games thus far for the Maize and Blue.
Sims is currently third in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.2 points per game and leads the league in rebounding with 9.2 boards per contest. He also ranks ninth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (53.5 percent) and 14th in free throw percentage (71.1 percent).
Michigan returns to action tonight (Monday, Dec. 29) when it hosts North Carolina Central at 7 p.m. at Crisler Arena. The contest will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network and is the final non-conference matchup for the Wolverines before they begin Big Ten play on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 31) against Wisconsin at 2 p.m. at Crisler Arena.
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