Trey Burke Named NABC First-Team All-American

Trey Burke Named NABC First-Team All-American

Submitted by Raoul on March 28th, 2013 at 8:53 AM

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced its All-American teams today, and Trey Burke was yet again placed on the first team. This follows his first-team selections by Sporting News and USBWA and means that he's a virtual lock to be a consensus first-team All-American for 2012-13. The NCAA uses those three teams plus the one selected by the AP (not yet announced) in determining the year's official consensus All-Americans. (Given the formula used, it seems the only way Burke could be denied consensus status is if he were somehow left off all of the AP teams.)

From the NCAA Award Winners publication, here are Michigan's previous consensus first-team All-Americans:

MICHIGAN
1924—Harry Kipke
1926—Richard Doyle
1927—Bennie Oosterbaan
1928—Bennie Oosterbaan
1965—Cazzie Russell
1966—Cazzie Russell
1977—Rickey Green
1988—Gary Grant
1993—Chris Webber

Trey Burke to Interview on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday Morning

Trey Burke to Interview on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday Morning

Submitted by B-Nut-GoBlue on March 26th, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Trey will be on the Dan Patrick Show tomorrow morning, I assume via telephone (duh).  I heard earlier today, at the tail end of the show, Fritzy announce that they'll be having Trey on and got a bit excited.  I have no timeframe exactly but the show airs 9:00AM-12:00PM ET up there in Ann Arbor on NBCSports Station and a presumed radio station, though I'm not from MI and have no detailed info. on a radio station outlet, sorry.  The link I give currently has Trey on the front page, again, announcing he'll be joining the show tomorrow morning.

http://www.danpatrick.com/

DP to me is the best radio/tv personality out there (ahead of SVP and Russilo on ESPN radio).  He tends to lean away from the lame/typical questions, say, a sideline reporter at halftime with a coach, would inquire.  They'll be some of that of course but I'll be curious to hear what all Trey has to say (minus the Q's about him playing in the NBA, probably sooner than any of us like).

Burke SI Nat'l POY & All American

Burke SI Nat'l POY & All American

Submitted by JeepinBen on March 19th, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Title says it all. Congrats to Trey!

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2013/03/michigans_trey_burke_named_spo.html

 

Burke becomes Michigan's first national player of the year since Cazzie Russell was named NCAA Player of the Year in 1966.

The sophomore was also named to SI's five-man All-America team, joining Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Creighton's Doug McDermott, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk and Indiana's Cody Zeller.

 

Trey Burke Named 1st Team All-American by USBWA

Trey Burke Named 1st Team All-American by USBWA

Submitted by Raoul on March 18th, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Congrats to Trey Burke on being named to the first team of the US Basketball Writers Association All-America team. He's the first Wolverine on the USBWA first team since Chris Webber in 1993. Jalen Rose, who was placed on the second team in 1994, is the last Michigan player to earn USBWA All-American honors. Burke is the 15th all-time to be named to either the first or second team. See also the mgoblue.com press release.

After already being named to the Sporting News first team, Burke's in great shape to become Michigan's sixth consensus All-American. The NCAA uses the SN, USBWA, NABC, and AP teams to determine the consensus first- and second-teamers.

Michigan's previous consensus All-Americans, first team:

Cazzie Russell 1965

Cazzie Russell 1966

Rickey Green 1977

Gary Grant 1988

Chris Webber 1993

Goal-by-Goal Analysis: Northern Michigan at Michigan 3/8/13

Goal-by-Goal Analysis: Northern Michigan at Michigan 3/8/13

Submitted by Adam Schnepp on March 12th, 2013 at 11:20 PM

 

A cursory glance doesn't reveal many similarities between Michigan basketball and Michigan hockey these days. After all, one team took the court this weekend with a share of the B1G title on the line and fans that lined up something like 22 hours before tip-off. The other team took the ice this weekend with no title on the line and not even a live televised feed of their games. 

Take a closer look, though, and some broad similarities appear. Basketball and hockey are both games of runs. It's just the way the game goes when there are no pre-established offensive and defensive turns. You hit and you'll get hit back. You exert pressure and that pressure will eventually be exerted on you. Michigan basketball ended on the wrong side of a run, suffering a knockout punch that was one part bad luck and two parts missed opportunity. Michgan hockey, on the other hand, survived the inevitable pressure Northern Michign exerted after Michigan took a 3-0 lead.  

A 3-0 first period lead wasn't something the Wolverines could rest on. Too many times this season they've taken an early lead only to be swept away by the undertow of another team's run, late goals and late pressure that were too much to overcome. With their postseason hanging in the balance Michigan responded on Friday, doing what was sufficient and holding serve in the third period to weather the storm and in the process made that dim glimmer of hope we hold that Michigan can extend its NCAA tournament streak to 23 consecutive seasons a little brighter.

1st Period

06:39 Northern 0 Michigan 1: PPG Jon Merrill (2) from Boo Nieves (20) & Phil Di Giuseppe (17)
Merill starts the rush and moves the puck to PDG, who carries the puck down low. Northern is in a basic box on the PK and they move down to compensate for PDG. Norther does do a good job of taking away the pass to the slot, but the vulnerability they open is at the point. By all moving below the dots in the faceoff circle they make it easy for PDG to wheel up the boards and pass it back to Merrill.
Merrill waits for Boo to cycle up and passes it to him above the faceoff circle. It's really Boo that makes this play possible, as he skates to his left and draws the attention of three Northern defenders, two of which move left with him.
Merrill moves laterally back to his right and Boo dishes to him because he has a wiiiiiiiiide open shooting lane. The shot takes bounce off of a Northern player in front of the net to get in, but it finds the back of the net nonetheless.
 
15:11 Northern 0 Michigan 2: PPG Kevin Lynch (8) from A.J. Treais (13) & Alex Guptill (16) 
Treais has the puck at the point and moves it into the corner to Guptill. Guptill carries up and back down the boards before cutting towards the slot. This draws two defenders and opens up a pass to Copp in the corner.
Guptill's decision to skate into the slot means that the defender who should be covering the point has to collapse on net and cover him, even if only for a second. That same defender has to double back and can't get to the point in time to stop a slapshot from Treais, who just got the puck back on a pass from Copp.
Treais' slapshot is stopped but a huge rebound is kicked out directly to Lynch. He's unchecked and snaps a shot past the goaltender, who can't do much about it since he's already hit the ice. 
 
18:30 Northern 0 Michigan 3: SH Kevin Lynch (9)
Michigan loses a board battle but it ends up benefitting the Wolverines as the Northern player throws a cross-ice pass to no one. Northern's point man tries to come and chop at the puck to keep it in the zone but Szuma gets to it first and pokes it out of the Michigan zone.
Northern regroups and gathers the puck in front of their bench, but two players run into each other as one goes off for a line change. Lynch sees the opportunity and charges hard, stealing the puck and creating a breakaway.
Y'ALL JUST GOT TREY BURKE'D
Lynch fakes the shot and Northern's goalie takes the bait. He then glides through the crease and flicks the puck into the twine abyss available over the goaltender's left pad.
 
2nd Period
 
04:57 Northern 1 Michigan 3: Kory Kaunisto (5) from Wade Epp (4) & Jake Johnson (2)
Northern wins an offensive zone draw but Trouba is the first to the puck. He tries to pass behind the net to what momentarily looks like an open man, but he gets hit as he's passing and ends up turning the puck over. I don't fault him for the play Trouba tried to make, as passing behind the net seemed like a better play than blindly passing behind himself.
No Michigan players have skated much since the faceoff. With four defenders around the net and no one covering the point (the closest M player is circled in blue) Northern moves it back to the blueline for what should be a wide open shot.
The puck gets tipped and is redirected past Racine. There's really not much he can do to stop this one.
 
16:00 Northern 2 Michigan 3: Darren Nowick (6) from Stephan Vigier (14) & Ryan Daugherty (11)
Northern starts their breakout and carry the puck with speed through the neutral zone. As the puck carrier cuts towards the middle of the ice Bennett picks him up, though there are two circle players that could have done so. Bennett should have continued skating backwards in order to cover the front of the net but didn't.
The guy cutting towards the middle passes to the wing, who rips a shot through the Michigan defense.
Racine makes the initial save but gives up a rebound and pays dearly. The guy circled is the one that was able to slip in behind the defense because of Bennett's blown coverage, and he tucks the puck in to narrow Michigan's lead to one.
 
3rd Period
 
No scoring

I'll try to get a GBGA of Saturday's game up....sometime. Not sure when, but I'm working on it. Look forward to more pictures, more laughs, and most importantly moooooooooore goals.

(Burke photo cred: Julian Gonzalez, Detroit Free Press)

A history of Trey Burke

A history of Trey Burke

Submitted by tasnyder01 on March 12th, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Since we're on the brink of TB's last days in a UM uniform (barring his talk with Lewan) I thought I'd like to remind everyone of the journey. Belein took him as a lowly-rated 3* steal from PSU after his decommitment. Then, we got The Journey to Ann Arbor, where he showed his skills. Prior to this point, Michigan was sitting on a scholarship to Carlton Brundidge, a previous 5*, who was now rated as a 4*. To say the least, before these videos came out, I assumed Brundidge would be the starter. However, the videos soon surfaced:

Episode 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CaN7kvlA9Q

Episode 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoFW5T02l1U

(you'll find the rest on the links)

And then, his freshman year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps6dznELW50

And then the Chris Paul Camp, the LeBron James Camp, etc. We knew he was poised for a great return, and boy was he ever. Gentlemen, I present The History of Trey Burke, perhaps the greatest Wolverine PG ever. I hope this little jaunt through history will remind us all of how blessed we are to have gotten this kid.

P.S.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZFNvO5G30

Trey Burke Named 1st Team All-American by SN—and Sources Say He'll Win Big Ten POY

Trey Burke Named 1st Team All-American by SN—and Sources Say He'll Win Big Ten POY

Submitted by Raoul on March 11th, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Congrats to Trey Burke for being named first team All-American by Sporting News. The others: Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga), Otto Porter (Georgetown), and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State).

Also, reports on Twitter are that Burke will be named Big Ten player of the year tonight:

Hearing from several sources that U-M PG Trey Burke, one of five finalists for the Cousy Award, will be awarded Big Ten POY tonight. #bookit

— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) March 11, 2013

And: Michigan's Trey Burke officially a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award

The other five finalists on the list are: Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams, Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova, Miami's Shane Larkin and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.

The Cousy Award will be announced during Final Four weekend.

EDIT: It seems likely that Burke will eventually gain consensus first-team All-American status. According to the Michigan record book, here's the select company he would join:

Cazzie Russell 1965

Cazzie Russell 1966

Rickey Green 1977

Gary Grant 1988

Chris Webber* 1993

Trey Burke to be interviewed by Jim Rome today on the radio show

Trey Burke to be interviewed by Jim Rome today on the radio show

Submitted by Darth Wolverine on March 8th, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I know many people dislike Jim Rome, but I'm a fan. He will be interviewing Trey Burke today; however, I am unaware of what time. The Jim Rome Show commences at noon Eastern Standard Time and is on CBS Sports Radio for those of you who are unaware. Jim always informs his listeners in the opening segment of when the interviews will be conducted, so if you don't want to listen to the whole show, just listen to the opening segment to hear the time.

 

Reloading: Derrick Walton's amazing highlight video

Reloading: Derrick Walton's amazing highlight video

Submitted by buddhafrog on March 7th, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Many of you probably also follow UMHoops.com.  They recently posted UM PG commit Derrick Walton's senior year highlights.  He's the favorite for Michigan POY.

http://www.umhoops.com/2013/03/07/derrick-walton-senior-highlights/

If you haven't watched this video yet - watch it.  It is hard to find a better highlight video for a true point guard. *

First, I hope Trey Burke comes back next year.  Second, if I were his father, I would tell him to get his butt to the NBA.  He is ready.  Assuming Trey is gone....

I think UM reloads with Derrick Walton - I'm really excited about Derrick Walton next year.  His game is amazing and in many ways closely resembles that of Trey Burke.  His vision is outstanding.  He not only finds the open man, but can find them in a lot of traffic and delivers the ball at the best location for the shooter.  His jump shot looks more than smooth - very Burke smooth.  Great handle on the ball.  Oneof the things I was most impressed with was his ability to play under control - something that Burke has really improved this year.  He has a very nice little bunny floater that Trey has utilized all year - it might be Trey's best shot this year.  His body control while driving to the basket is phenominal.

I love true point guards - those that really can control the game, have high assists, and make their teammates better.  We've had plenty of good point guards lately, none better than Trey Burke.  We might be getting spoiled, in fact, but I don't mind.  Looking at Derrick Walton, I feel that we will have another point guard who will be able to equally measure the quality we've been expecting from that position.  Assuming only Burke leaves, next year should be a great year for UM basketball:

1. Walton / Spike
2. THJ (B1G POY candidate) / Levert / Zac Irvin
3. Stauskas / Levert / Zac Irvin
4. GRIII / McGary
5. Morgan / McGary

Am I really talking about next year?  Better than watching that painful MSU / Wiscy game.  But I'm not bypassing this year.  This Sunday is the biggest regular season game we've had in decades.  

Go Blue.

*disclaimer: highlight tape viewed / lowlight tape not viewed.