Iwundu Named co-Big 12 Player of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior Wesley Iwundu was named the Phillips 66 co-Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday after his impressive performance in Friday’s season opener.

Iwundu, who shared the weekly honor with Baylor’s Rico Gathers, becomes the first Wildcat to win the weekly accolade in its first week since Michael Beasley earned the distinction on Nov. 12, 2007. Iwundu is the ninth different player to be selected for the honor since 2007. Overall, it marks the school’s 25th Player of the Week honor since the inception of the Big 12 in 1997, including ninth under head coach Bruce Weber.

Iwundu set or tied career highs in seven categories, as he collected his fourth career double-double in the Wildcats’ 80-53 season-opening win over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday night. He scored a career-high 23 points on 7-of-13 field goals with a career-tying 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals in 31 minutes. He led the team in points, field goals made, free throws made and attempted, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes played. 

It marked Iwundu’s first career 20-point game and was his most points since having 14 in his first career game against Northern Colorado on Nov. 8, 2013. It was his first double-double since having 10 points and 10 rebounds as a true freshman at Oklahoma State on March 3, 2014. He set or tied career highs in points, field goals made and attempted, free throws made (9) and attempted (14), rebounds and steals. He has now scored in double figures in 15 career games.

K-State (1-0) continues its homestand to start the season tonight, as the Wildcats host Ivy League member Columbia (1-0) at 8 p.m. CT in the second game of a doubleheader at Bramlage Coliseum. Men’s basketball ticket holders can watch the women’s basketball team (1-0) in its home opener against Abilene Christian at 5:30 p.m. for free in general admission seating. Tickets are available starting at $10, while fans can take advantage of the new Bramlage Bundle for just $20, which includes a general admission/bench ticket, $10 concessions voucher and a souvenir from the K-State Super Store. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City (state of Kansas, Kansas City area), K-StateHD.TV and ESPN3 (outside of state of Kansas).