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

Comments

Drunk Uncle

March 11th, 2013 at 3:35 PM ^

Top five (not in order):

  • Jalen  -17p/4r/3a and two final fours.
  • Trey - 19p/6.8a/3r this season.
  • Gary Grant - All time leader in steals, assists, top ten in scoring.
  • Rumeal - won an NCAA championship.
  • Lavell Blanchard, Manny Harris or Daniel Horton...I'm forgetting players, who else?

I can't do it because I'm too new, this would be an interesting discussion in it's own thread.

SeattleWolverine

March 11th, 2013 at 3:48 PM ^

Not sure how you compare careers for Burke's 2 years versus someone like Grant who stayed 4 years. And Rumeal is hard to judge. How do you compare the decisive free throws in OT of a national championship game for a player who was quite good versus Burke and Grant who were simply better overall players than Rumeal but have no signature moment of that extraordinary magnitude?

 

Having said all that, in my opinion his 2 years as a PG were the best of any 2 years for any M PG and his season this year is on track to be the best season for any M PG in the 30 years I've been following the team. The low turnover numbers are really what sets him apart.

leftrare

March 11th, 2013 at 9:37 PM ^

The General graced us for four years, culminating in the championship. We will not be able to say that about Trey. I love the kid more than any that's ever played for Michigan, but I gotta give it up to Gary Grant.

nowicki2005

March 11th, 2013 at 6:02 PM ^

Im writin this because I saw someone else Mention him in this post. He was my favorite Michigan bball player till trey. Im 26 and just don't remember the fan five but do remember Louis bullock etc. Blanchard though was awesome, class act too. How good do you think he would be had he been on a better team? How nicely would he fit in as a PF on this team??? It's sad because his talent is always forgotten.

DirkMcGurk

March 11th, 2013 at 6:55 PM ^

The Fab Five was revolutionary. The had talent and swag. They would dominate today's teams. Have to remember they played in the days of 3-4 year players where teams were stacked with talent who played 3-4 years together. They just were too young to win it all against veteran teams back then.