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    Vukusic Named Big Ten Player of the Week

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Vedran Vukusic is the Big Ten Player of the Week
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Vedran Vukusic is the Big Ten Player of the Week
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Dec. 22, 2003

    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).