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(E) Vedran Vuksic Named Big 10 Conference Player of the Week
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  12/31/2003 | Sports | Unrated
(E) Vedran Vuksic Named Big 10 Conference Player of the Week


VukusicNamed Big Ten Player of the Week

Sophomore forward earns first conference honor of his career following
Arizona State and UIC games

Dec. 22, 2003

The following appeared on the web site of Northwestern University
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John Kraljic

EVANSTON, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced Northwestern sophomore
Vedran Vukusic as its Player of the Week in men's basketball Monday.

Vukusic earns his first Big Ten Player of the Week accolade; he is the
first Wildcat selected this season.

Vukusic averaged 24.5 points on 59-percent shooting while playing every
minute in a two-game split against against Arizona State and
Illinois-Chicago. The Wildcats sophomore opened the week by pouring in a
career-best 26 points, including a career-high five three-pointers, to
guide Northwestern to a narrow two-point victory over the Sun Devils,
who entered last week receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll. He
added six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots in
the win.

Vukusic followed that performance by connecting on 8-of-12 attempts
(.667), including three more treys, and scoring 23 points in a loss at
Illinois-Chicago. He hit 16-of-27 shots on the week, including 8-of-13
from long range and 9-of-11 from the free throw line.

The Croatia native has now scored 20 or more points in three straight
games -- a first for an NU player in the Bill Carmody era -- and ranks
ninth in the Big Ten with 14.7 points per outing and sixth in the
Conference with 2.11 three-pointers per game (19 total). He leads
Northwestern in treys and blocks (six) while rating second on the team
in scoring, rebounding (4.3), assists (31) and steals (13)

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