Big Ten Weekly Awards are out and Purdue’s Fletcher Loyer comes out as the rare double winner.
Big week for @FletcherLoyer.— Purdue Men's Basketball (@BoilerBall) January 17, 2023
: Big Ten Co-Player of the Week
: Big Ten Freshman of the Week
✅: First Big Ten freshman to earn Player of Week since Nov. 2019.
✅: First Purdue freshman to earn Player of the Week since Feb. 2008.
* Does not include yesterday's game. pic.twitter.com/AVS03LC97i
In case you were curious like I was the last Purdue freshman to win player of the week was Robbie Hummel on February 11, 2008. E’Twaun Moore had won the award the week prior.
Loyer shared the player of the week honors with Rutgers’ Cam Spencer.
There seems to be some discrepancy as to if the Michigan State game is included in this award. The tweet above from Purdue’s official Men’s Basketball account indicates that it does not include the Michigan State Game. However, the official release from the Big Ten Conference includes Loyer’s stats from the victories over Nebraska and Michigan State. I think the safe money here might be to go with the official release since they are the ones who actually give out the awards.
Over the two games in question Loyer averaged 22 points and went 8-15 from three. He hit his career high against Nebraska in Mackey Arena when he scored 27 points. These points included six three pointers which is the most by a freshman in Purdue history. You also can’t discuss his game against Michigan State without discussing his perfect entry pass to Zach Edey that led to the game winning bucket.
This is Loyer’s first player of the week honor and his fourth freshman of the week honor.