Trey Burke Wins AP Player Of The Year, Cousy Award

Submitted by Ace on April 4th, 2013 at 4:44 PM

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.

Comments

Erik_in_Dayton

April 4th, 2013 at 4:51 PM ^

...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. 

Mr. Rager

April 4th, 2013 at 5:07 PM ^

One of the most underrated parts of that video are all the blue, UF fans in the crowd cheering.  Probably half for "wow what a game! / what a shot!" and half for "better to face Michigan than KU!".  Boy were they right.  About half of that.  

TrppWlbrnID

April 4th, 2013 at 5:15 PM ^

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.

kehnonymous

April 4th, 2013 at 5:22 PM ^

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....

Alonzo Shavers@infinitesports

 2h I see mentions of me in some tweets of yours regarding my Cousin Trey Burke, Trey Burke is family..do u support yours?

Darren Heitner@DarrenHeitner2h

I cherish my family more than anything else.

Ronda Burke@Rondaburke21h

obviously not your reporting credibility but it's cool u need ur shine moment 2 I guess. SMH

French West Indian

April 4th, 2013 at 6:12 PM ^

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.

snoopblue

April 4th, 2013 at 7:12 PM ^

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.

snarling wolverine

April 5th, 2013 at 2:24 AM ^

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.)