Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke has been
selected as the winner of the John R. Wooden Award, presented annually to the
top men's college basketball player.
Burke is the first Michigan player chosen for the honor, which was created in
1977 to honor the legendary UCLA coach. He is the fourth Big Ten player to win
the award and first since Ohio State's Evan Turner in 2010.
The Big Ten Player of the Year has led Michigan to its first Final Four since
1993. He has started all 37 games for the Wolverines, and leads the team with
averages of 18.8 points and 6.8 assists, while adding 3.1 rebounds.
Burke edged Indiana's Victor Oladipo in balloting from a nationwide panel of
college basketball media members. Burke received 2,808 points, just 90 more
than Oladipo. Creighton's Doug McDermott was third with 2,344 points and
Georgetown's Otto Porter was next with 2,144.
Last year's winner was Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis.
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