IRVING, Texas - A pair of Nebraska athletes - senior Aleks Maric and junior Ade Dagunduro - have been chosen as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week for Dec. 10-16, in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. It is the third career weekly honor for Maric and marks the first time in Big 12 history that NU has earned both accolades in the same week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Aleks Maric, Nebraska, C, Sr., 6-11, 275, Sydney, Australia/Australian Institute for Sport
Maric helped Nebraska to a 2-0 record last week with wins over Savannah State (82-37) and No. 16 Oregon (88-79 ot). The senior center averaged a team-high 16.5 points to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. His top effort came against the Ducks, as he posted his third 20-point game of the season with a team-best 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting. He had 17 points after halftime to lead NU to its first win in school history against a ranked non-conference opponent outside of Lincoln. Maric’s defense helped hold UO’s starting post players to seven points after they entered the contest averaging 24 points combined. He shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) on the week, plus 75.0 percent (9-of-12) from the free throw line.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Ade Dagunduro, Nebraska, G, Jr., 6-5, 290, Inglewood, Calif./Antelope Valley CC
Dagunduro registered 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game in the two victories. The junior had 15 points and seven rebounds versus Oregon, helping NU hold the Ducks to 12 points below their season scoring average. He added nine points, four rebounds and four steals earlier in the week, as his defense led the Huskers in holding Savannah State to one field goal in the first 13 minutes of the game. Dagunduro has scored in double digits in five of his last six outings and is second on the team in scoring this season with 11.8 points per contest.