The Michigan Wolverines have two of the most prestigious goals in college basketball down, and one more to go. Sophomore point guard Trey Burke has officially been named the Associated Press Player of the Year. The official announcement was made today at the Final Four presser.
Next up for Michigan? Win a championship.
Because Michigan is preparing for the Final Four at the moment, Burke was not available to accept the award. A representative from the Wolverines staff was there instead to accept it on Burke’s behalf.
This news comes about a month after Burke was named the Sports Illustrated College Basketball Player of the Year in March. Burke is the first Wolverines player to win the AP Player of the Year award since 1966, when Cazzie Russell won the honorable tag.
Burke averaged close to 19 points per game while dishing out just short of seven assists per contest. For good measure, he also added in around three rebounds and 1.5 steals per game on top of that. He was also efficient from the field, shooting over 46 percent from the floor while shooting roughly 81 percent from the charity stripe and only averaging about two turnovers per game.
The Wolverines will take on Syracuse in their first Final Four matchup and if they prove the victor, they will then take on either Wichita State or Louisville. In both cases, Burke will have to be at his best if Michigan wants to cut down the nets when all is said and done.