March 11, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team was named the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches and media Monday night (March 11), while junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior HS), freshman forward Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and senior/junior forward Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) garnered other conference postseason recognition.
Burke, the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, becomes the sixth U-M player to earn Big Ten Player of the Year in program history and first since Glen Rice in 1989. In addition to his Player of the Year distinction, Burke was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team by the coaches and media.
Leading the Wolverines to a 25-6 overall mark through the regular season, Burke is averaging 19.2 points and 6.8 assists per game and was the only Big Ten player to score at least 15 points in all 18 conference games. He has reached double-digit scoring in every game this season, hitting the 20-point mark on 12 occasions and recording three double-doubles (all points and assists). He dished out at least four assists in all but one game, including a career-high 12 vs. Iowa on Jan. 6.
Burke, the three-time 2012-13 Big Ten Player of the Week, is a finalist for the John R. Wooden National Player of the Year Award, the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Award, the Bob Cousy Award for top collegiate point guard and Wooden All-America Team.
After being named to the all-conference third team a year ago, Hardaway joined Burke on the All-Big Ten coaches' first team and was an All-Big Ten second team selection by the media. Hardaway was also named Michigan's Sportsmanship honoree.
This marks the first time Michigan has had two student-athletes appear on the All-Big Ten first-team list since 1994, when Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard each earned the honor. Hardaway and Burke each reached the 1,000-point milestone this season, becoming the 46th and 47th Wolverines to complete the feat, respectively.
Hardaway was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week recipient this season and named the NIT Season Tip-Off Most Outstanding Player. He has hit double-digit scoring in 23 games this season, including six 20-point performances, and is currently averaging 14.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per outing.
Robinson became the third straight Wolverine freshman to be named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team by the coaches, as Hardaway (2011) and Burke (2012) also earned the distinction in their freshman seasons. Robinson has started all 31 games as a freshman and is averaging 10.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He has reached double-digit scoring in 18 games and hit the 20-point mark on four occasions.
Morgan was named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team, as voted by the coaches. Averaging 5.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, Morgan has also tallied three double-doubles this season (all points and rebounds), including a 12-point-13-rebound performance at Northwestern on Jan. 3. Morgan became the first Wolverine selected to the all-defensive team since Ekpe Udoh in 2008.
Michigan has earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament being held Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. U-M will open play on Thursday (March 14) against No. 12 seed Penn State. The game will begin 25 minutes after the conclusion of the No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 Minnesota matchup, which starts at 11 a.m. CDT, and it will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
2012-13 ALL-BIG TEN MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS
(UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS)
Player of the Year: Trey Burke, Michigan
Player of the Year: Trey Burke, Michigan
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Beilein
On what it means for the team to receive such high accolades on the Big Ten postseason awards ... "We don't make a very big deal about the individual awards during the year. However, this is a huge honor for Michigan basketball, for the players individually and their teammates because they are a big part of this as well. We can't say enough about Trey (Burke) and what he has meant for this program, what he has meant to the Big Ten and really what he has meant to the national profile of the Big Ten. He's a terrific competitor and a great teammate, and it is a great pleasure to coach him every day.
"Tim (Hardaway Jr.) is a great example of someone who works really hard to be the player that he is. This is all about his diligence, his preparation to be a good player, and I'm really happy for Tim as well. This is also another year where we have someone on the all-rookie team. It is a great honor for Glenn (Robinson III), because he has worked at it as well. His ceiling is so high, we love coaching him and will look forward to coaching him every day. Seeing that Jordan (Morgan) missed four or five of the games with his injury, him getting on the all-defensive team is a big honor for us and, more importantly, for him. He has taken a mentality that he is a defender who also helps us on offense. Being the leader for us on defense has helped us be successful."
U-M Sophomore Guard Trey Burke
On being named Big Ten Player of the Year ... "It feels really good and is such an honor and an accomplishment. I give my coaches and my teammates a majority of the credit because, without them, I wouldn't be in this position. They deserve this as much as I do."
On being part of the Michigan greats who have won Big Ten Player of the Year ... "That means a lot because I know what type of impact players Cazzie Russell, Gary Grant, Glen Rice, Campy Russell and Roy Tarpley had on this program and how they've allowed this program to grow. It means a lot, really. Honestly, I don't really know what to say because it is a big accomplishment to be able to say that I am a part of that group. I'm just thankful. I thank God for allowing me to be in this situation, I thank my teammates and my coaching staff. I'm excited about the honor and will continue to get better and be a leader on this team to take it as far as it can go."
On the other teammates receiving Big Ten honors ... "It means a lot because it goes to show how versatile and how good this team can be. Jordan (Morgan) is pretty much our leader on our defense, and he definitely deserves to get the award he's gotten. Glenn (Robinson III) has had a pretty good year. Sometimes he has had some adversity, but that just shows how good he can be -- how high his ceiling is. Tim (Hardaway Jr.) being on the first team in the coaches' poll goes to show how good our backcourt is and where we are capable of going as a team. This team is a lot better than what a lot of people may have seen recently, but we are still a young team and will continue to grow and get better."
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