Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/18/14
Wisconsin's basketball program swept a pair of crucial Big Ten games last week against Minnesota and Michigan. Badgers players Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes, in turn, swept the conference's weekly awards on Monday. Kaminsky was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week, alongside Nebraska's Terran Petteway, while Hayes earned his fourth Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor. Kaminsky averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in victories against the Gophers and Wolverines. He earned the first double-double of his career in his 93rd college game on Saturday against Michigan, tallying 25 points and 11 rebounds. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.544) and second among all Badgers in scoring (13.0 points per game). It marks Kaminsky's second career Big Ten Player of the Week award. He also earned the honor after scoring a school-record 43 points in a game in November. "He's still developing his skills," Badgers coach Bo Ryan said Monday. "He's a guy who continues to work. He's got to just keep moving forward when it comes to when he hits rough spots. He can't get down. He's the kind of guy that you don't want to let him get too far down and then not too far up. "Frank's one of those guys who's trying to maintain that even keel of competitiveness and desire and to keep it at a high level at all times and work through situations where things might not go his way. That's what he did yesterday and he's been doing more of that lately in that he's being a little more consistent. He still is a developing big man. I like what I saw obviously yesterday and I know his teammates did. Hopefully he has a lot more of that in him." Hayes, meanwhile, earned his second consecutive Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 9.5 points against Minnesota and Michigan. He became the first player in Big Ten history to garner the honor in back-to-back weeks on multiple occasions. Only Indiana's Noah Vonleh (seven) has more Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards this season. Hayes has reached double figures in scoring in four of the past five games, averaging 12.8 points during that stretch. He leads all reserves in scoring during Big Ten play (10.3 points) and is second among all freshmen in scoring. He also ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (.563) in Big Ten games.
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