May 22, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Former University of Michigan men's basketball players Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) of the Utah Jazz and Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior HS) of the New York Knicks were named to the NBA All-Rookie first team today (Thursday, May 22) following the announcement from the league. The duo becomes the first Wolverines to earn the NBA accolade in 16 years.
Joining Burke and Hardaway Jr. on the first team included Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia), Victor Oladipo (Orlando) and Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn). The second team included Kelly Olynyk (Boston), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota), Cody Zeller (Charlotte) and Steven Adams (Oklahoma City).
Burke, who was third in the NBA's Rookie of the Year voting, finished the season averaging 12.8 points, third best among rookies, 5.7 assists, second best among rookies and 3.0 rebounds per game. After missing 12 games at the beginning of the season due to a broken finger, he made franchise history with the Jazz, becoming the first player in team history to win multiple Rookie of the Month awards, as he earned the Western Conference honor in both December and January. Burke recorded 12 games with 20-plus points and dished out 10-plus assists seven times.
Hardaway, who was fifth in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting, averaged 10.2 points per game, fourth-best among all rookies, and shot 36.3 percent from three-point range. He scored in double figures in 40 games while also shooting 82.8 percent from the free throw line. He was selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge on NBA All-Star Weekend, where he scored 36 points. Hardaway played 23.2 minutes per game, sixth best among league newcomers, despite making just one start on the season.
Burke and Hardaway helped guide U-M to the 2013 Final Four before leaving early for the NBA Draft. Burke was chosen ninth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves before being traded to the Jazz, while Hardaway was taken 25th overall by the Knicks.
Burke, who was the consensus 2013 National Player of the Year, finished his career scoring 1,231 points, the most by a U-M sophomore. He added 416 assists in his two seasons, which ranks seventh all-time. He holds the U-M single season record for assists (260). Hardaway closed scoring 1,532 points which is 18th all-time, while ranking sixth all-time in career three point field goals (202) and three-point field goal attempts (589).
2013-14 All-Rookie Team
Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia Sixers
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Trey Burke, Utah Jazz
Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets
Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks
Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves
Cody Zeller, Charlotte Hornets
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder
U-M's All-Time members of the NBA's All-Rookie Team
1966-67 -- Cazzie Russell, New York Knicks (first team)
1986-87 -- Roy Tarpley, Dallas Mavericks (first team)
1989-90 -- Glen Rice, Miami Heat (second team)
1993-94 -- Chris Webber%, Golden State Warriors (first team)
1994-95 -- Juwan Howard, Washington Bullets (second team)
1994-95 -- Jalen Rose, Denver Nuggets (second team)
1997-98 -- Maurice Taylor, Los Angeles Clippers (second team)
2013-14 -- Trey Burke, Utah Jazz (first team)
2013-14 -- Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks (first team)
% - unanimous selection
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734-763-4423)