A player that will be remembered as one of the sparks that reignited Michigan basketball excellence decades from now!
Trey Burke Wins AP Player Of The Year, Cousy Award
Any excuse to post this again is a valid excuse.
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.
...I think the team is going to survive the loss of Darius Morris after all.*
*This is not a shot at Morris. I was just thinking the other day how worried we all were when he left.
Deshawn Sims and Manny Harris. Again, I agree with you, not taking a shot, but nice to see how this team progressed and got better.
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.
Also, for some more Trey-related entertainment, Trey Burke's mom just laid the smack down on Darren Heitner:
I fail at twitter embedment, so....
@infinitesports I cherish my family more than anything else. @DarrenHeitner obviously not your reporting credibility but it's cool u need ur shine moment 2 I guess. SMH
Of players we plucked out of Ohio and also won best player award. Let's hope he goes by way of Charles Woodson and adds a NC to it.
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.
Pistons would only take him if they give up on Brandon Knight or would want to move Knight to SG, but I'm not so sure Knight would be a great SG.
And then the Naismith Sunday.
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.
I wonder what Shannon Scott is thinking right now...and Thad Matta who decided to offer Scott (from GA) instead of Trey (from Columbus). Hahahaha...Thad
But that's who OSU recruited instead of the hometown kid.
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.)
I'm probably not the only one, but I think it should be called The Trey. Hurhur double meaning. I'm so witty.
Congrats to Trey. Hopefully he'll add some more hardware before it is all said and done.