IOWA CITY, Iowa – – A pair of University of Iowa men’s basketball players earned weekly recognition today. Forward Aaron White was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the conference office, while guard Roy Devyn Marble was named Big Ten Player of the Week by the website College Sports Madness.
White came off the bench and averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in Iowa’s victories over Central Arkansas (105-64) and Boise State (81-72) last week. The native of Strongsville, Ohio, shot 66.7 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the foul line.
This marks the second time White has earned the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award. The 6-foot-8 wing player was recipient of the award on Nov. 14, 2011, after his performance in Iowa’s season opener.
Marble led Iowa in scoring in wins over Central Arkansas (19) and Boise State (18). He averaged 18.5 points, shooting 55.6% from the field and 85% from the foul line, and grabbed 5.5 rebounds per contest. The Southfield, Mich., native dished out 11 assists to only 2 turnovers in Iowa’s two wins last week. Marble was credited with a personal-best six assists versus Central Arkansas. His three steals, eight rebounds and three blocks against Boise State were also career highs.
The 6-foot-6 guard boasts a 4.0 assist/turnover ratio for the season, which ranks second best in the Big Ten and in the top ten nationally.
Iowa returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Purdue in the Big Ten opener. Tip-off is slated for 8:36 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.