Leonard Named Big Ten Player of the Week Again
Dec. 26, 2011
Illinois center Meyers Leonard was named Big Ten Player of the Week after a pair of big games against Cornell and #9/8 Missouri last week. Leonard averaged 16.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.0 steals while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor in the two games to pick-up his second weekly conference honor this season (Dec. 5).
Leonard had 19 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and three blocks while hitting 9-of-11 from the field in Illinois' 64-60 win over Cornell on Dec. 19. He followed that up with another double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, a career-high five assists, two blocks and two steals in Illinois' narrow 78-74 defeat to #9/8 Missouri in St. Louis on Dec. 22.
Leonard and the Illini return to Assembly Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 27, when Minnesota comes to town to open Big Ten play at 6:30 pm CT (Big Ten Network).