ESPN: Trey Burke: Wooden Watch (#4), Matchup Nightmare (#2)

Submitted by robbyt003 on December 20th, 2012 at 1:19 PM

LINK (Wooden Watch)

1. Mason Plumlee, Duke

2. Doug McDermott, Creighton

3. Michael Carter - Williams, Syracuse

Our own Trey Burke comes in at #4

Trey Burke, Michigan -- The No. 2-ranked Wolverines would be merely average if not for Burke, whose 18 points and seven assists per game have helped keep Michigan undefeated. Burke shoots 53.5 percent from the field and combines with Tim Hardaway Jr. (15.7 points) to form arguably the nation’s top backcourt.

5. Jeff Withey, Kansas

Big Ten Players on the cusp of top 5:

Victor Oladipo, Indiana

Brandon Paul, Illinois

Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

Cody Zeller, Indiana


LINK ($$$) (Matchup Nightmares)

He comes in at #2, just behind Russ Smith, Louisville

Burke sets the tone and pace for the Michigan offense and defense. He brings the ball in transition at warp speed, and his ability to stop on a dime and change speed and direction makes him tough to keep out of the lane.



December 20th, 2012 at 3:01 PM ^

Perhaps average in the big10. I could see that, but I think we could still be a tourney team with increased rolls for our bigs, etc. but as it is written, I agree with you...I don't think we would be merely average overall. Also, it's kind of a dumb statement in general...if you take McDermott off of creighton they will suck, etc.


December 20th, 2012 at 2:26 PM ^

Those few extra assists per game are what's putting Carter-Williams ahead of Trey?  I've only see 'Cuse play once and a few highlights (for what it's worth I was impressed and think they are a very, very good team this year) so I can't discount him.  Yes, he averages a double double and maybe that statistic puts him above Trey Burke, but Trey seems to be a better scorer and I'll take that and his GREAT Assist:Turnover margin.

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December 20th, 2012 at 4:48 PM ^

Burke is very good but I wouldn't consider him a match-up nightmare. A match-up nightmare is someone who is too quick for bigger players at his position and too big for smaller players at his position. Deshaun Thomas comes to mind.