Ohio State Guard Malaki Branham Earns Second Straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week Honor

By Griffin Strom on January 10, 2022 at 1:48 pm
Malaki Branham
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Make it two Big Ten awards in as many weeks for Malaki Branham.

The first-year Buckeye guard was named the conference's freshman of the week for the second straight time on Monday, just one day after putting up 24 points in Ohio State's 95-87 win over Northwestern.

Branham has now been either Ohio State's first or second-leading scorer in three straight games. The Ohio native scored 35 against Nebraska on Jan. 2, a performance that earned him the Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor last week, and then led Ohio State with 13 points in a loss against Indiana this past Thursday. Branham's impressive night against the Wildcats on Sunday was only eclipsed by a career-high 34-point game by E.J. Liddell.

After his recent string of success, Branham is now the Buckeyes' second-leading scorer for the season, averaging 10.4 points per game behind Liddell's 20.1. Branham averaged 18.5 points per game this past week to help him bring home more Big Ten hardware.

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