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JaJuan Johnson scores his second Big Ten Player of the Week honor

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Purdue junior forward/center JaJuan Johnson was honored with the second Big Ten Player of the Week honor of his season and career on Monday in announcement by the league office, a day after capping a week in which he averaged 20.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game to lead the Boilermakers to a pair of double-digit victories.

Johnson also earned the nod on January 25, 2010 after averaging 22.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in wins over Illinois and Michigan.

The Indianapolis native opened with week with a stellar performance in East Lansing, Mich., scoring 19 points, sharing game-high honors with seven rebounds and blocking three shots to help lead Purdue to its first victory on Michigan State’s home floor in nearly 12 years. The win over MSU also saw Johnson become the 45th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark for his career.

He joined classmates Robbie Hummel and E’Twaun Moore in Purdue’s 1,000-point club against the Spartans, giving the Boilermakers three 1,000-point scorers on the same roster for the first time since the 1999-00 campaign.

Johnson continued his strong play in the Boilermakers’ 63-40 home win over Iowa on Saturday, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds to mark his team-leading sixth double-double of the season. He sank 9-of-12 free throw attempts in the victory en route to his sixth 20-point performance of the season, and swatted a pair of shots.

Winners of seven in a row, Purdue will square off with Ohio State in a critical conference battle at Value City Arena on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. ET. Big Ten Network will televise the game, with Tom Hamilton and Jim Jackson on the call, and Charissa Thompson on the sidelines, while Larry Clisby and Rob Blackman will have the call for the Purdue Sports Network.

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