ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Sophomore guard Trey Burke of the University of Michigan men's basketball team became U-M's first National Player of the Year since 1966 after Sports Illustrated selected him as its National Player of the Year and to its All-America first team today (Tuesday, March 19).
Burke is just U-M's second National Player of the Year selection behind Wolverine legend Cazzie Russell, who earned the honor in 1966. Burke was joined by Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, Creighton's Doug McDermott, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk and Indiana's Cody Zeller on SI's All-America team.
Burke, who was recently named a Sporting News and USBWA All-America first teamer, was the Big Ten's Player of the Year and earned unanimous All-Big Ten first team honors. He was also honored by the USBWA as the District V Player of the Year as well as to the All-District Team.
He is a finalist for several national awards, including Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Award, John R. Wooden National Player of the Year Award, Bob Cousy Award for Nation's Top Point Guard and John R. Wooden All-America Team. He is a top 30 finalist for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award
The Wolverines are the No. 4 seed in the South Region and will face No. 13 seed South Dakota State in the second round at 7:15 p.m. Thursday (March 21) at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Mich. The game will be televised by CBS.
The Michigan-South Dakota State winner will advance to the third round to face the winner of No. 5 seed VCU and No. 12 seed Akron on Saturday (March 23) for a spot in the South Region semifinals at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Sports Illustrated's All-America Team
Trey Burke (PG, Michigan)
Marcus Smart (PG, Oklahoma State)
Doug McDermott (PF, Creighton)
Kelly Olynyk (PF, Gonzaga)
Cody Zeller (C, Indiana)
Player of the Year: Trey Burke (Michigan)
Coach of the Year: Jim Larranaga (Miami)