Michigan Star Trey Burke Wins Wooden Award as College Basketball's Best Player

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistApril 5, 2013

The Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team has had a magical season reaching the Final Four, and Trey Burke's play has been one of the biggest reasons for their success.

The sensational sophomore guard was honored with the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's best player on Friday, according to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.

Burke has a chance to put the ultimate exclamation point on his memorable 2012-13 season, as the No. 4 seeded Wolverines will take on No. 4 seed Syracuse Orange Saturday for the right to play either the Louisville Cardinals or Wichita State Shockers for the National Championship. Based on the way Burke and his teammates have been playing, a title is a very real possibility.

After a strong freshman campaign last year, Burke has developed into one of the premier players in the country. He leads Michigan in scoring (18.8 points per game), assists (6.8 per game) and steals (1.6 per game), and he's second in three-pointers made with 72.

Burke is a true triple-threat player as he can shoot, drive to the basket and set up teammates. That much has been apparent during Michigan's NCAA tournament run, particularly in its Sweet 16 game against No. 1 Kansas.

The Wooden Award winner poured in 23 points, including a game-tying three to force overtime, and dished out 10 helpers to boot. He was also a key figure in the Wolverines' decimation of the Florida Gators in the Elite Eight.

Darren Heitner of Forbes reported on Thursday that Burke will leave school after the season and enter the NBA draft.

That has yet to be confirmed, but with a Final Four appearance and a Wooden Award to his credit, Burke's stock will probably never be higher.


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