Trey Burke Named AP College Basketball Player of the Year

Trey Burke Named AP College Basketball Player of the Year

Trey Burke Named AP College Basketball Player of the Year

One of the principal reasons Michigan is in the Final Four on Saturday is point guard Trey Burke.  Point guards face dozens of critical decisions every game.  The best decision Burke made was to return to Michigan this year for his sophomore season.  He was the Wolverines leading scorer last year, and would surely have been a first round choice in the NBA draft.

“I saw a lot of holes in my game that I can increase, which is making people better and not just scoring as a point guard,” Burke said in July. “That was really the big thing, coming back and getting strong, not just physically but mentally.”

Thursday he was name the AP College Basketball Player of the Year.  If you have watched him, you are aware he deserves the honor.

Burke is admired for his passing, but he has the ability to do whatever is necessary to help his team win games.  He led the Big Ten with 6.7 assists per game, and was in the top 10 nationally in assist to turnover ratio at 3.1-1.

Did I say he could shoot?  Michigan fans will forever remember the 30 footer he made against Kansas Saturday that ended regulation play.  “It was definitely a shot — it was probably the biggest shot I’ve ever made and it’s definitely a shot that I’ll always remember.”

He has more work to do.  Michigan plays Syracuse Saturday evening.  No team has been able to successfully attack the Orangemen’s zone defense.  But Trey Burke may find an answer.  If he does, it’s onto Monday night’s Championship Game.

If they win it all, don’t be surprised if his name is engraved on the “Most Valuable Player” trophy.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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