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Badgers G John Blackwell named Freshman of the Week

The Badgers guard earned the first award of his career this past week.

NCAA Basketball: Fort Myers Tip-Off Championship Southern Methodist at Wisconsin Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers followed up last week’s Fort Myers Classic Tipoff Championship win with another accolade, as freshman guard John Blackwell was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

It is the first accolade of Blackwell’s young career and comes after a week where the combo guard averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the two-game tournament.

It’s been a strong start to Blackwell’s career, as the guard has averaged 10.2 points and 4 rebounds on 48.6 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from three, while scoring double figures in five of the team’s six games thus far.

Blackwell has firmly established himself in the team’s rotation, serving as one of, if not the, first player to come off the bench on a regular basis.

Blackwell’s 10.2 points per game ranks second in scoring among Big Ten freshmen this season.

Through the first six games of the season, Blackwell has been one of the team’s most aggressive players, leading the Badgers in free throws at 25, despite playing just 18.2 minutes per game.

The guard is one of five Badgers to average double figures thus far this season.