The Gophers men’s basketball team had its second straight Big Ten player of the week honor Monday with sophomore Daniel Oturu receiving the award following his career day over the weekend.
The 6-10 center notched 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 89-62 win Saturday against Florida International, the program’s first 20-20 game since Tom Kondla in 1966.
Oturu also shot 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line in 32 minutes against FIU. The Woodbury product ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring (18.3), first in rebounding (11.7), second in blocks (3.2) and third in field goal percentage (65.4).
According to team rankings college hoops stats, Oturu is No. 1 in the nation in its NBA Efficiency category at 26.17.
Early 2020 NBA Draft projections also are taking notice with Oturu as high as the 17th pick in the draft, per nbadraft.net.
Gophers sophomore guard Gabe Kalscheur was named co-Big Ten player of the week last Monday after his 34-point performance in an 86-66 win on Dec. 21 against Oklahoma State in Tulsa.
The Gophers (7-5) resume Big Ten play on Thursday night against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.