- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Illinois senior shooting guard Brandon Paul was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday.
Paul scored a season-high 35 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the Illini's road win over Gonzaga on Saturday. He sank nine of his 11 shots, made five 3-pointers and was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. He also had four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.
"I thought it was a spectacular performance," Illinois coach John Groce said of Paul after Saturday's game. "I really believe it. He's one of the best guards in the country, one of the best players in the country, and he played like it (Saturday.)"
Paul also had 14 points in a win over Western Carolina earlier in the week.
Paul has been the Big Ten Player of Week twice in his career. His last award came on Jan. 16 after he scored a career-high 43 points against Ohio State.