Trey Burke, Michigan‘s star point guard, has another accolade to add to his resume. He has been honored as a first team Preseason All-American by the Associated Press.
This is an enormous honor for the sophomore. Last season he was selected to the All-Big Ten Second team, and was the Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Burke averaged 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists as a true freshman. He led Michigan to their first regular season Big Ten title since 1986, with a 13-5 conference record.
When Darius Morris left Michigan, after the 2011 season, no one was sure what would come from the point guard position. There was the thought that senior Stu Douglass would start at point guard. However, after playing just 18 minutes in the opener, last season, Burke scored double digits in 33 of the 35 remaining games. It did not take long for basketball observers to realize that Burke was special. By mid-season, Morris was nothing but a distant memory.
After a shocking loss to Ohio in the NCAA Tournament, it seemed that Burke’s time at Michigan was over. Reports circulated that he was hiring an agent and entering the NBA Draft. It seemed that Burke, himself, was leaning towards leaving for the NBA.
Unfinished business was the reason Burke gave when he announced he was staying at Michigan for his sophomore year. “After talking it over with my family and my coaches, discussing it with some of the players, I felt like it was the best decision for me to stay for my sophomore year and compete for a national championship.”
Trey Burke has gone from an unheralded three star recruit to one of the six best players in the country. There was no way Burke knew that he would become a Preseason All- American when he decided to stay, last spring. The big prize is still a long ways away, though, as he claimed that he was back for a national championship.
Unfinished business still awaits Burke, who is now an All-American.