For some, recognizing greatness takes some time. The Big Ten is apparently that some.
The Big Ten named senior Alex Bentley Big Ten co-player of the week honors. Bentley shares the honor with Nebraska's Jordan Hooper.
For Bentley, it is the first time that she has won the award in her four-year collegiate career.
It could come as a surprise since the 5-foot-8 guard is on both the Wooden Top 30 List and Wade Trophy Watch List, two awards that recognize the country's best player.
The Indianapolis native earned the award after an unbelievable week, averaging 22 points, two and a half rebounds and two assists in two victories over Indiana and Michigan State.
It's the third time a Lady Lion has won award this season. Earlier this year, junior guard Maggie Lucas and senior center Nikki Greene also won the award.
Bentley will now look to repeat her success as the Lady Lions take on Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday night in Iowa.