Michigan's Trey Burke named National Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated

1:16 PM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) and Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) celebrate their win against the Michigan State Spartans at Crisler Center. Michigan won 58-57. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
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(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Michigan guard Trey Burke has his first national-player-of-the-year award.

Sports Illustrated gave him the honor in its new NCAA tournament issue. Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State, Doug McDermott from Creighton, Kelly Olynyk from Gonzaga, and Cody Zeller from Indiana joined Burke on the All-America team.

Though Indiana's Victor Oladipo was one of the four regional SI covers, he was not named to the All-America team. Oladipo was named the national player of the year by the Sporting News last week.

Burke is averaging 19.2 points, 6.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 40% from three-point range. He scored at least 15 points in every Big Ten game this year and was named a first-team USBWA All-America on Monday.

Burke is only the second Wolverine ever to be a national player of the year, joining Cazzie Russell, who swept the awards in 1966.

Miami (Fla.)'s Jim Larranaga was named the national coach of the year by SI.


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