Shields earns national honor

Nebraska sophomore Shavon Shields earned his second honor Monday, as he earned the Lute Olson award national player-of-the-week honors.

The 6-foot-7 sophomore had a game-high 28 points in a win over 2013 Sweet 16 participant, Florida Gulf Coast on Friday. Shields was 8-for-13 from the field and a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. He also had six rebounds with three assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes.

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.

The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.

Shields was honored earlier Monday, as he was chosen as the Big Ten Player of the Week.


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