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Zeke Nnaji earns Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors after monster debut

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The Arizona Wildcats might have their best freshman class in coach Sean Miller’s 11 years at the school, so he said Sunday night after three of them combined for 62 points in a 90-69 win over Illinois.

And one of them, forward Zeke Nnaji, just won the first-ever Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award.

Nnaji was honored for a stellar first two games of his college career, going for 20 points against NAU—the most ever by a freshman in his first game during the Miller era—and then adding 19 against Illinois. He was 18 of 24 from the field in those wins.

His scoring output on Sunday was actually third-highest among Arizona freshmen, as point guard Nico Mannion dropped 23 (with nine assists) and wing Josh Green had 20 with four three-pointers.