Michigan's Trey Burke named AP Player of the Year

ATLANTA (WXYZ) - Michigan's Trey Burke has received another postseason honor as he was named the Associated Press Player of the Year this afternoon.

Burke, already the Big Ten Player of the Year and a member of numerous All-American teams, was announced as the winner at a news conference in Atlanta shortly after 4pm Thursday.

The sophomore point guard from Columbus, OH led the Wolverines to their first Final Four appearance in twenty years, averaging 19 points, 6 assists and 3  rebounds per game. 

Michigan head coach John Beilein said today, "What I've said over and over again is that Trey Burke has been playing this year, because of an injury to Jordan Morgan, Tim Hardaway is a fabulous player, and Trey wouldn't be there without Tim, and he would tell you the same thing. 

"He has been with three to five freshmen all year long.  Here he is this cagey sophomore, veteran sophomore.

"C'mon, the whole year he has been just as calm and cool as if he was a fifth‑year redshirt senior guard.  So you look at that.  He didn't come in as a freshman, sophomore, he had all these veterans around him, he just has to fill in the pieces, much like he had to do this year.

"This team carried itself, he was just out front all of the time so many times.  Those young guys look at Trey, they see poise, they say patience.  It's worked very well.

His last-second shot against Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen will go down in history as one of the most dramatic in NCAA Tournament history, as it evened the game and forced overtime.

The Wolverines went on to beat Kansas and advance to the Final Four with a win over Florida.

Burke was not present at today's announcement as the Michigan team is practicing for Saturday's matchup with Syracuse in the national semfinal.

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