Franklin is B1G co-freshman of the week

Armaan Franklin’s heroic 17-point performance at the Crossroads Classic earned him an honor from the Big Ten on Monday.

The 6-foot-4 guard was named co-freshman of the week along with Ohio State’s D.J. Carton.

This is Franklin’s first such honor but the program’s fourth overall for the 2019-20 season. Classmate Trayce Jackson-Davis has won the award three times, including last week.

There have only been three weeks (Nov. 11, Nov. 25, and Dec. 9) where a Hoosier hasn’t been a freshman of the week.

Illinois center Kofi Cockburn, who tied with Jackson-Davis one of those weeks, leads the conference with four freshman of the week awards.

Franklin, the Indianapolis Cathedral alum, came into Saturday’s game versus Notre Dame shooting 14.8 percent from beyond the arc. He hit 4-of-5 from distance, including the game-winner in a 62-60 result, reclaiming a confidence in his stroke.

His final 3 came via an extra pass from junior Al Durham on the wing, which showed confidence in the freshman to sink it from the corner.

“He knows how to play. He makes good decisions, and for him to be able to stick some shots for us finally was a big deal,” IU coach Archie Miller said. “We’ve been waiting on a couple of these guys to open it up from behind the line because they’re pretty good shooters when they’re open, especially on the inside-out ones that they’re getting. It was good for Armaan.”

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