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Nov.  27, 2015

BOSTON (MA) -- Michigan State's Denzel Valentine earns Lute Olson award national player of the week honors.

The 6-foot-5 senior helped the Spartans win the DirecTV Wooden Legacy Tournament. On Thursday Valentine had a triple-double against Boston College, with 29 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The following night had a game-high 32 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists against Boise State. He capped off the tournament with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists Sunday evening against Providence.

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.

The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.


Week 3 (Nov. 30) Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
Week 2 (Nov. 23) Wes Washpun (Northern Iowa)
Week 1 (Nov. 16) Joey King (Minnesota)

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