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Michigan State's Denzel Valentine Named Big Ten Player of the Week

It's Valentine's third time getting the honor this season.

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans Senior Guard Denzel Valentine has been named Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time this season. Valentine turned in 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists against Michigan Feb. 6.


Valentine is averaging 18.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in eight games since returning from injury, including 21.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists in his last six contests. He ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (18.6), first in assists (6.7) and fifth in rebounds (7.9).

The Lansing native is the only player in Big Ten history to record 1,300 points, 700 rebounds and 500 assists in his career

Valentine was named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Top 20, the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 and is one of 10 finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.

Valentine previously earned the player of the week nod on Nov. 23 and Nov. 30. The Spartans' next game is Tuesday night at Purdue, 7 p.m. on ESPN.