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Penn State Guard Jalen Pickett Captures National Player of the Week Honors

Penn State star Jalen Pickett
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jalen Pickett (22) January 21, 2023 David Hague/NSN

After his outstanding week, the awards keep coming in for Penn State basketball star Jalen Pickett.

He was named the Naismith Player of the Week and the Oscar Robertson Player of the Week  Tuesday.

Pickett secured the Big Ten Player of the Week, the ESPN National Player of the Week, the Field of 68 National Player of the Week, the Lute Olson National Player of the Week and the March Madness Player of the Week honors Monday.

Picket has averaged 36.5 points, eight assists, and 5.5 rebounds in two wins over Illinois at the Bryce Jordan Center Tuesday and at Minnesota Saturday.

Against Illinois, Pickett scored a Bryce Jordan Center record 41 points on 15 for 20 shooting and hit five 3-pointers in Penn State’s 93-81 win.

Pickett became the first Penn State player to score  40 or more points in a game since Gene Harris in 1961.

On Saturday at Minnesota, Pickett scored 32 points on 11 for 20 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds and added eight assists in Penn State’s 76-69 win at Minnesota.

Pickett and Penn State would like to continue its late season push toward an NCAA tournament bid on Thursday when it goes to the Value City Arena to play Ohio State. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. on FS1.

Penn State fans are thinking about the NCAA Tournament and whether or not they’ll get to watch they’re team play in it for the first time since 2011. But Pickett’s focused on Penn State’s next game, not the bigger picture.

“It’s not March yet,” Pickett said. “Selection Sunday has not come up yet, so just 1-0. Just trying to keep doing my best, keep getting wins, build the resume and, hopefully, we can get there.”

Twitter: @bwalkerdadon.

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