Freshman guard Marcus Walker became the first Husker this season to earn a league honor as he was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. A native of Kansas City, Walker led Nebraska to a pair of wins last week by averaging a team-best 16.5 points and 5.5 assists per game.
In Nebraska's first victory of the week, Walker helped the Huskers top the century mark for the first time since 1996 as NU posted a 107-57 win over North Carolina A&T. Walker added 13 points and a career-high tying six assists against the Aggies before coming back with a career-best 20 points and five assists against Alabama A&M in a 67-60 win. He posted just four turnovers against 11 assists on the week.
Walker hit an impressive 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the floor, including 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from 3-point range. Against NCA&T, he helped the Huskers to a season-high 16 3-pointers, the second highest total in school history trailing only the 18 treys Nebraska recorded in a one-point loss to No. 1 Kansas in 2002.
On the year, Walker leads all of the Husker newcomers with 8.8 points per game while hitting 47.8 percent from the field. He has added a team-best 34 assists this season and is third on the squad with 15 3-pointers, and needs just two treys to move onto the Nebraska freshman top 10 list.
Walker is the third Husker to win league rookie of the week honors in the past two seasons. Last year, guard Joe McCray earned the honor twice while center Aleks Maric was tabbed once. Walker was joined this week by Big 12 Player of the Week David Monds, who recorded his first career double-double in Oklahoma State's win over No. 23 Tennessee last week in the All-College Classic.
Walker will lead the Huskers in their final game of 2005 when they take on Florida State in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in a New Year's Eve matchup at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Huskers and Seminoles will tip off at 12:30 p.m. CST (1:30 p.m. local) on Dec. 31 and the game can be seen in Nebraska on FSN Midwest and in the state of Florida on FSN Florida/Sun Sports.