On March 10, 2003, former Schenectady High hoop star, Willie Deane, was named Big-Ten Player of the Week in recognition for his performance in Purdue’s victory over Michigan. In the win, Deane bucketed 36 points, collected 4 rebounds, and had 3 steals. Deane went over the 30-point mark for the first time that season and topped his previous career best of 31 points that he scored against Southwest Missouri State in 2001. The 36-point effort nearly gave Deane the Big-Ten scoring title. Brian Cook of Illinois edged him by only four points. Deane ended his senior year at Purdue second in the leaguewith a 19.8 average. He also finished second in the league his junior year with a 17.4 average. In all, Deane was named Big-Ten Player of the Week three times his senior year.