After Nebraska’s loss to Ohio State on January 2, freshman Shavon Shields sat down with head coach Tim Miles for film study and a pep talk where Miles told Shields to play with more confidence and be more aggressive. Two weeks later, the confidence is there and Shields picked up the Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.
In the last two games, Shields has led the Huskers in scoring and rebounding, putting in a career high last Wednesday against Purdue when he scored 18. Then this weekend, Shields topped that with 29 against Penn State.
Shields is the first Husker freshman to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week and the first NU rookie honored by the conference since Toney McCray during the 2008-09 season. He hopes that his confidence will rub off on his teammates and that the win over Penn State is the start of better things to come.
The Huskers host Illinois tonight at 7:30 at the Devaney Center. The Illini have lost five of their last seven and dropped out of the top 25 after starting the season 12-0 and cracking the top 10.
Shavon Shields at media day.