ATLANTA (AP) - Trey Burke, the sophomore point guard who led Michigan to the Final Four, has been selected The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year.
Burke was selected the player of the year after leading a young group of Wolverines to Michigan's deepest run since the Fab Five era in 1992 and '93, when the Wolverines played in back-to-back championships.
Burke wasn't able to make the presentation because he and his teammates were at practice, getting ready for the Final Four.
They take on Syracuse in the national semifinals Saturday.
Burke joins Cazzie Russell in 1966 as the only Michigan players to win the award. The Big Ten player of the year, Burke averaged 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists. He shot 40.1 percent from behind the 3-point line.
"He has been with three to five freshmen all year long," Michigan coach John Beilein said Thursday. "Here he is this cagey sophomore, veteran sophomore.
"Come on, 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.
"Those young guys look at Trey, they see poise, they see patience. It's worked very well."
The voting was by the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Ballots had to be returned by Selection Sunday.
Burke received 31 votes while Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown was second with 16 votes and Victor Oladipo of Indiana got 10.
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