Newbill named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week

December 05, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- D.J. Newbill earned Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading the Penn State men’s basketball team to a pair of wins last week, the league announced Monday (Dec. 1). Through seven games the senior guard was the Big Ten leader and third in the country in scoring with 25.0 points per game after producing an average of 28.5 points in leading the Nittany Lions to a home win over Akron, and a road victory at Bucknell last week.

He also tallied 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in the two wins. Maryland's Melo Trimble shares the honor with Newbill.

Newbill and the Nittany Lions have won each of their last four games and are 7-1after defeating Virginia Tech, 61-58. Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Against Akron last Tuesday, Newbill poured in 29 points on 8-of-12 shooting, handed out five assists, pulled down five rebounds and swiped one steal.

In the Lions’ road win at Bucknell Friday, the Philly native produced 28 points on nine field goals, while corralling six rebounds and tallying one steal vs. the Bison. The effort stands as his fifth-consecutive 20-plus point game and 25th of his career. 

After scoring 18 in the win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Newbill has 1,301 career points as a Nittany Lion, moving to No. 15 on the Penn State all-time scoring list. He needs nine more points to match John Amaechi (1,310; 1993-95) for No. 14 and for the record among players to spend just three years of action at Penn State. 

Newbill’s Player of the Week honor is the first for Penn State since he took home the same honor Feb. 3, 2014, after the Lions knocked off No. 24 Ohio State on the road and Purdue at home last season.

Last Updated December 05, 2014