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Monday, November 18, 2013

Wiggins, Ellis earn Big 12 honors

Kansas forward Perry Ellis wrestles for a loose ball with Duke forward Jabari Parker during the first half of the Champions Classic matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago.

Kansas forward Perry Ellis wrestles for a loose ball with Duke forward Jabari Parker during the first half of the Champions Classic matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago.

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Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins floats for a shot over Duke guard Tyler Thornton during the second half of the Champions Classic matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago.

The Kansas duo of sophomore forward Perry Ellis and freshman guard Andrew Wiggins have been named the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week in a vote by a media panel which covers the league, the conference announced Monday.

Ellis earned co-Big 12 Player of the Week honors, along with Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim, after he scored a career-high 24 points in KU’s 94-83 win over No. 4 Duke at the State Farm Champions Classic. The 6-8 Wichita forward finished 9-of-13 (.692) from the floor, including one 3-pointer. Ellis, who was named for the honor for the first time, also converted 5-of-6 (.833) from the charity stripe. He pulled down a team-best nine rebounds to go along with two assists and a career-high three steals. He had a key steal and assist with 1:16 remaining that led to a six-point Jayhawk lead they would not relinquish.

Despite battling foul trouble, Wiggins came up big in the Jayhawks’ victory over Duke and was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. In just 25 minutes on the floor, the 6-8 Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, guard scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting (.600). He pulled down a season-best eight rebounds and made 4-of-6 (.667) shots from the free throw line, with one block. Wiggins had two key baskets in the last 1:30 of the contest to extend.

The last time Kansas swept the Big 12 weekly honors was last season when Elijah Johnson (player) and Ben McLemore (newcomer) were named on March 4, 2013. Ellis adds to Kansas’ league high in player of the week winners as he marks the 55th time a Jayhawk has earned the distinction. Wiggins is the 26th KU newcomer to be named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.

Comments

Brianna Zaleski 5 years, 5 months ago

So funny how the article states that AWs pts and Reb totals were career highs. Uhh, yeah, it was his first game. Every stat he put up was a career high. No disrespect, I just found that funny. Congrats, fellas, the first awards of many to come this season

Marc Frey 5 years, 5 months ago

It was his first game, since the Lousiana Monroe game, where AW hung 16pts and grabbed 3 rebounds. No disrespect, but the Duke game that we won made us 2-0, thus it was the second game in the season. Therefore, AWs stats are career highs since they are better than the previous game. Hope that helps. Congrats and Rock Chalk!

Todd Jones 5 years, 5 months ago

Yea...that was already made clear, can you not take the time to read the comment that was made about a half hour before yours...get with the program!

Tony Bandle 5 years, 5 months ago

KU #2 in AP Poll behind MSU!!

Beating Duke on national television sure didn't hurt our image with the voters but, come on, we'll be at least #2 by March but at the moment, Top 5 would be just fine.

The sound you just heard was the bullseye being attached to our backs..the schedule just a little bit tougher!!

Rich Hetherington 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't think the #2 distinction will make any difference in how teams approach KU vs a #4 or #5 distinction. Either way, you can expect we'd get the best effort from decent teams ranked lower (i.e. New Mexico, Colorado, San Diego St., Georgetown, Florida, etc). I do agree that the #2 ranking this early doesn't mean much, but let's not pretend the teams we're going to play weren't already going to give it their all for a win against our mighty Jayhawks!

Todd Jones 5 years, 5 months ago

The 2 ranking means we will play astounding basketball. Our game will improve dramatically due to the 2 ranking!!!!

Michael Bratisax 5 years, 5 months ago

Well deserved by both Ellis and Wiggins. Probably see both names again this season winning Big 12 honors.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 5 months ago

I thought those dumb survey questions would be limited? What is this stupid 10 question survey regarding black or white colon cancer?

Jonny Swift 5 years, 5 months ago

At least if you get a 10 question one and answer all 10, you get a pass for a week of no surveys on KUsports.com. Yipee

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