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Bryson Scott Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

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The freshman from Fort Wayne was honored by the Big Ten after helping the Boilers to two wins in the last week.

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Bryson Scott was honored by the Big Ten today as he was named the league's Freshman of the Week. Scott helped the Boilers go 2-0 last week and 5-0 on the season.

The 6-foot-1 guard came off the bench to lead Purdue in scoring in each other Boilers' games this week. In  Wednesday's 83-55  win over Eastern Illinois he scored 14 points, going 3-of-5 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line. In addition to proving to Purdue fans it IS possible for someone to hit 80% from the foul line, he added six rebounds and four steals in his 15 minutes of playing time.

Sunday afternoon in a 81-73 win over Siena, he scored career-highs of 16 points and three assists, along with two rebounds, one block and one steal. In that game he was 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Scott ranks third in the Big Ten among freshmen in scoring, despite coming in 10th in minutes per game. He is also second in steals and fourth in assists. Scott leads all Big Ten freshmen in points per 40 minutes, with 26.2.

Point guard is quickly becoming one of Purdue's biggest strengths, if not it's biggest strength. Starter Ronnie Johnson, just a sophomore himself, has played phenomenally this season, averaging 13.8 points and 4.4 assists in 25 minutes of action. The impressive part about that is both averages are higher than last season, yet he's playing six minutes less per game. Bringing Scott off the bench and having minimal dropoff in production (albeit with different strengths) is an asset that has to excite Matt Painter.