Tim Hardaway’s Kid Becoming Star for Michigan Wolverines

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Freshman Tim Hardaway Jr. has proven he was up to the task of starting at point guard for the Michigan Wolverines his rookie season in the Big Ten.

Hardaway Jr., who averaged 31 points a game in his senior year of high school, is Michigan’s second leading scorer this season. The son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr. has established himself as one of the top freshmen in the Big Ten as well, ranking second among his conference classmates in points per game.

He’s come from Palmetto high school in Miami to be the first non-Jared Sullinger to win the conference’s freshman of the week award in 2010-11. Or least win the award by himself.

Michigan’s Tim Hardaway Jr. earns his second weekly award after helping the Wolverines to a 2-0 week by recording his first career double-double against Northwestern and then posting a career-best 26 points against Indiana. For the week, he averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game and shot 63.6 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from long range.

Against Northwestern, Hardaway posted 17 points and grabbed a career-best 10rebounds. Closing out the week, Hardaway went 9-for-11 from the field to score a career-best 26 points against the Hoosiers. He finished the game 4-for-6 from long range, grabbing three boards and swiping two steals in 35 minutes of action.

Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Dec. 27, 2010)

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