Trey Burke adds Oscar Robertson Award to trophy case

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ATLANTA — Trey Burke added his second Player of the Year award in as many days this morning as he was announced as the winner of the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Burke averaged 18.8 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals and just 2.2 turnovers per game during his sophomore season while leading Michigan to its first Final Four appearance since 1993.

“I want to thank my coaching staff. They do a great job of putting the ball in my hands and allow me to make plays, just put me in certain situations,” Burke said upon receiving the award. “They encourage me even when I get down. I just want to thank them for this. I know I wouldn’t be here without their guidance throughout the whole year.”

Burke was awarded the AP Player of the Year on Thursday and the John R. Wooden Award, the self declared ‘preeminent men’s collegiate basketball player of the year award’, will be announced later today at 11:15 a.m. eastern on ESPN SportsCenter.

“I want thank the basketball writer’s association for giving this award to Trey, it’s difficult for guards to win anything in basketball,” Oscar Robertson said. “Look at basketball throughout history — they always look at big people. I think guards do all the work (laughs).”

Burke was also named Big Ten Player of the Year and won the Bob Cousy award for the nation’s best point guard. He’s also a consensus All-American, Michigan’s fifth in school history, with first team honors from the John R. Wooden All-America Team, the Associated Press, the NABC, the USBWA, the Lute Olson All-America team, the Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com.

  • Mattski

    Good gawd.

    • Mattski

      With the Big O! Best all-around player of all time?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwT5vcCzt_I

      When Robertson said Lebron was better than MJ, I found myself agreeing–basketball is most beautiful when it’s a team game. Then the comparisons to great jazz come alive.

  • BlockM

    He’s gonna need to go pro to afford a big enough trophy case.

    • Dr_ZC

      Or go pro because there is nothing more left to win.

  • bobhle1

    One to go for the sweep as they just keep on coming. Congats Trey,you deserve each one. GO BLUE!

  • sshow

    Well deserved. Great job Trey! I can remember seeing your workout videos prior to coming to U of M and it’s clear your hard work paid off.