"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
"There's a certain level of confidence and composure he brings to the court," said sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins, who played the bulk of his minutes as a freshman while LeVert sat on the end of the bench in a sweat suit. "When you know you have a player like that on your team of that caliber, it's just like, we're in his hands and he can do a lot of things for this team. It's a comfort. It's nice."
"I just really wanted to see him in a game and I loved what I saw," Beilein said. "He was active. He's got a motor. He's got some things he's got to work on. He doesn't have the strength to (play) the way he'd like to in the Big Ten yet, but that's what we're going to work on in-between (games) without inhibiting his ability to play the next game."
Trey Burke continues to pile up the hardware, adding the AP National Player of the Year—Michigan's only other recipient: Cazzie Russell—and the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year awards today. Begin press release:
ATLANTA, Ga. -- University of Michigan men's basketball sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) received the Associated Press Men's Basketball National Player of the Year and Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year awards today (Thursday, April 4).
After being recognized at a special awards presentation in Atlanta, Ga., Burke becomes just the second Wolverine in program history to receive the AP award, joining U-M legend Cazzie Russell, who also earned the nation's top honor in 1966. Burke also becomes the first Wolverine in program history to earn the Cousy award, which has been given annually to the nation's top point guard since 2004.
Burke is U-M's fifth consensus All-American, having earned first team honors from the John R. Wooden All-America Team, the Associated Press, the NABC, the USBWA, the Lute Olson All-America team, the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com.
The winner of the Wooden Award—for which Burke is of course a finalist—will be announced tomorrow at 11:15 am EDT on ESPN.
growing up in my time, after cazzie, barely gary grant,
i thought that there would never be a better michigan player than Glen Rice, even after the Fab 5. i thought Rice just had something about him in his DNA that allowed him to put that 89 team on his back and just fire at will. it was not as much about the points as it was about the bravado to shoot from anywhere. even with webber and rose, the clutch plays that i remember from their days weren't necessarily them - it was a couple games with voskuil, riley or pelinka hitting in big spots. burke is on that level now, regardless of what happens the next games. his number should hang from the rafters regardless of how many years he has played.
Maybe I've missed it, but has there been any discussion of Burke's NBA potential around here?
I'm kind of thinking the Pistons should grab him. He's got the talent and the guts that kind of remind me of Isaiah Thomas (on the court). But I'm no basketball expert so I'm curious to hear what others think.
On "The Shot" I noticed that Hardaway got the rebound, gave it up to Burke, and then as he set the screen told burke to roll left. Obviously, he raised his hand off the screen for a chance at the open look but Burke took it. Had McGary not wrecked Elijah, Hardaway might have gotten it. It was just something I didn't notice before.
It's amazing to think they could have put together two cornerstones of a championship team (Burke and Sullinger) just by recruiting within their city limits. I know we did get LaVell Blanchard out of Pioneer but I can't think of any other basketball stars we've gotten from Ann Arbor, or Washtenaw County for that matter. (I know we have gotten a few football guys.)