Big Ten players vote Trey Burke as league’s best

Dylan Burkhardt
Michigan 83, Penn State 66-10

The Cleveland Plain Dealer surveyed 20 players at the Big Ten Tournament who was the Big Ten’s best player in 2013. Trey Burke won the vote with 10.5 votes.

In a Plain Dealer poll of 20 players at the Big Ten Tournament, two players from every team except Northwestern and Iowa (sorry guys, didn’t get to you after those tough losses), Michigan’s Trey Burke received 10½ votes compared to 7½ for Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. And Indiana big man Cody Zeller and Wisconsin big man Jared Berggren each got one.

“Michigan has great guys, but without Trey Burke, a lot of those guys don’t get shots,” Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. said. “A lot of their points and offense come from Trey penetrating, and the defense pays so much attention to Trey coming off pick and rolls, it’s hard to rotate out on those other guys.

Derrick Nix, of course, voted for Jared Berggren because he’s “a pretty cool guy”. Stauskas and Hardaway voted for Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo respectively.

  • Mattski

    Fun article, worth reading in its entirety. The Nix comment kind of makes me like the big guy better. At the end of the day, all these guys are pretty respectful of each other, and the comments–including Hardaway’s about Oladipo–are insightful.

  • TKWolverine

    Derrick Nix is a fool. But, of course, we already knew that….

  • jemblue

    I’m eager to hear Tom Crean’s reaction. Do the players in the league not understand what it takes to be a good player?