IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa forward Owen Freeman was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, it was announced Monday by the league office. It is Freeman’s school-record fourth accolade this season.
The Moline, Illinois, native earned the distinction after notching his first career double-double in Iowa’s 88-52 neutral site victory over Florida A&M. He finished the game with a game-high 14 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in 19 minutes, while making 6-of-9 field goals in the game.
Freeman is the first Hawkeye freshman to post a double-double since Joe Wieskamp (against Pittsburgh) in 2018.
Through his first 11 games, Freeman has a school-record four Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. He has matched Indiana’s Jalen Hood-Schifino and Ohio State’s Brice Sensabaugh, who were both recognized four times last season. Freeman is one of 16 players in conference history to earn at least four Big Ten weekly freshman honors in a single season.
Freeman is averaging 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 11 games, while shooting a team-best 63.6 percent from the field. The forward also has 21 blocks and 12 steals, ranking first and second on the team, respectively.
The honor is Iowa’s fifth Big Ten weekly accolade this season. Freeman earned the honor on Nov. 13, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4, while graduate Ben Krikke was the Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 20.
Iowa (6-5) returns to action Wednesday, hosting UMBC at 7 p.m. (CT) on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tickets are available at hawkeyesports.com/tickets.