The Michigan Wolverines are currently preparing for a Saturday night showdown with Syracuse and while the team is chasing the glory of a National Championship, starting point guard Trey Burke has added to his individual achievements.
On Thursday afternoon, the winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award was announced and Burke took home the crown. In addition, Burke was also named the 2013 AP Player of the Year.
The list of 60 potential finalists for the Bob Cousy Award was whittled down to five before Burke was eventually named the winner. In the final round of votes, Burke edged out Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse, Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary’s and Shane Larkin of Miami (FL).
Ironically enough, Burke and Carter-Williams will go at it on the hardwood on Saturday night and although this indiviual award has nothing to do with the Final Four, it’s an interesting storyline to see two of the nation’s top point guard go at it. In fact, Burke’s production on Saturday could once again be the determining factor for the Wolverines, as he must figure out a way to get the Michigan offense going against a defense that has allowed a tournament low 183 points through the Elite 8.
On the season, Burke is averaging 18.8 points, 6.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. Burke earned the Big Ten Player of the Year award this year and very well could take home the Wooden Award for national player of the year.
Burke will receive his award on Monday during the Basketball Hall of Fame announcement.
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