Jon Teske played a huge role in Michigan’s Battle 4 Atlantis championship last week.
The Big Ten noticed, awarding the senior center co-Player of the Week on Monday. It was the first time in his career he’d earned the honor, which he shared with Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr.
Both players won MVP at their respective tournaments. The 7-foot-1 Teske averaged 13.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks against three formidable opponents in the Bahamas. That included a 19-point, 15-rebound performance in Friday’s championship against Gonzaga’s strong frontcourt. He shot 59 percent from the field in the three games.
Foul trouble limited Teske in Wednesday’s game against Iowa State, but he played 30-plus minutes against North Carolina and Gonzaga. He scored on the block, knocked down open midrange shots when defenders sagged on pick-and-roll coverage, and made 4-of-9 3-pointers. Defensively, he made it difficult for opponents to score at the rim.
Michigan’s last Big Ten Player of the Week was Jordan Poole on Dec. 3 of last season.
Michigan, which surged to No. 4 in Monday’s AP poll, plays at Louisville on Tuesday.