D.J. Newbill’s monster week has not gone unnoticed.
The redshirt junior guard was named the Big Ten’s Co-Player of the Week along with Northwestern’s Drew Crawford. Newbill has been a crucial part in Penn State’s recent three-game winning streak, which is the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
In Penn State’s two games this week, Newbill averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Newbill also played in 82 of a possible 85 minutes last week, including 43 minutes in Penn State’s upset win over 23rd ranked Ohio State, where Newbill his two clutch shots: one at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime, and one in the waning moments of overtime to seal the Nittany Lion win.
This is the first time that Newbill has won the honor, and he is the first Nittany Lion to win the award since Talor Battle in January of 2011.
Newbill has been arguably Penn State’s best player in 2013-14. He leads the team with 17.6 points per game, and is second on the team with 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 0.7 steals per game. Newbill has also been a far more efficient player than he was last season, as he has increased his field goal, three point, and free throw percentages from last year.