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Michigan point guard Trey Burke receives two more national honors

Apr 5, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke celebrates after they defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in their South Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Arlington

It’s been quite the weekend for Michigan point guard Trey Burke, and the Wolverines haven’t even played their Final Four matchup against Syracuse yet.

One day after being named National Player of the Year by the Associated Press the sophomore from Columbus, Ohio received two more individual honors. Burke was announced the winner of both the John R. Wooden and Oscar Robertson awards, with the latter being handed out by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

In winning the Wooden Award Burke becomes the first Wolverine to win the award, and he’s the first winner from the Big Ten since Ohio State’s Evan Turner won the award in 2010.

Burke (2,808 points) beat out Indiana’s Victor Oladipo (2,718) in the closest Wooden Award race since Duke’s J.J. Redick finished with 72 more points than Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison in 2005.

Completing the top five in the Wooden Award voting were Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. and Duke’s Mason Plumlee.

As for the Oscar Robertson Award, Burke is the ninth sophomore to receive the USBWA’s highest individual honor. And he becomes the second Michigan player to be named Player of the Year by the USBWA, with the great Cazzie Russell being the first back in 1966.

The last sophomore to win the award was Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin back in 2009.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. florida727 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I’m not a hater, I swear I’m not, but I just don’t see this guy as the “best” player in all of college basketball. Maybe I haven’t seen enough of their games, but I’m just not that impressed. I say good for him though, kind of like the Heisman, for the rest of his life he’ll be known as the Player of The Year, The Wooden Award winner, etc. That’s cool. That’s something no one can ever take away from him.

  2. jpopejoy - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Florida…he’s very inefficient. Takes a lot of awful shots then makes some amazing ones. As an IU fan, I obviously wanted Oladipo to win but understand why trey Burke did. Scored 15+ in every big10 game (although often his points/shots ratio would be close to even).

    He also missed a key front end of 1 and 1 that helped IU finish on a 5-0 run to beat Michigan by 1. I think a reason he may have beat out Oladipo is 1) he’s the star on the team and 2) he’s in the final 4

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