Oct. 25, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the Big Ten Conference and sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team, as announced by the conference prior its media day on Thursday (Oct. 25).
Last season, U-M finished with a 24-10 overall record and a 13-5 Big Ten mark, giving the Wolverines a share of their first conference title since 1986. The 24 wins marked the third 20-plus win season and the most wins in the five-year John Beilein era. U-M closed the season with its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, earning the No. 4 seed -- the program's highest since 1988.
Michigan was recently ranked fifth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, its highest ranking since the 1993-94 season*.
Following his breakout freshman campaign, Burke was named U-M's first Associated Press All-America honorable mention since 1998, averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in his first season. He helped the Wolverines to a 24-10 record, a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. His 156 assists broke U-M's 27-year-old record for freshman assists in a single season, previously held by Gary Grant (140, 1984-85).
Burke was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the media, All-Big Ten second team from coaches and media and a unanimous selection to the conference all-freshman team. Throughout the season, Burke was named the Big Ten Player of the Week once and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times.
He has also garnered a spot on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District VII second team and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District V Team. It was the first time Michigan had a player earn preseason conference honors since Manny Harris (2008-10) was recognized in 2009.
The Wolverines begin the 2012-13 campaign with a pair of exhibition contests at the newly renovated Crisler Center. U-M takes on Northern Michigan on Thursday, Nov. 1, followed with a Monday, Nov. 5, game against Saginaw Valley State. Both exhibition games are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast via MGoBlue.com All-Access and BTN.com.
2012-13 BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
3. Ohio State
2012-13 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
CODY ZELLER, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
2012-13 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Unanimous selection in ALL CAPS
Michigan's Preseason All-Big Ten Team Selections
(Began in the 1993-94 season)
Trey Burke, 2012-13
Manny Harris, 2009-10
Manny Harris, 2008-09
Daniel Horton, 2003-04^
LaVell Blanchard, 2001-02^
LaVell Blanchard, 2000-01^
Louis Bullock*, 1998-99#
Robert Traylor*, 1997-98#
Maurice Taylor*, 1996-97#
Maurice Taylor*, 1995-96#
Juwan Howard, 1993-94#
Jalen Rose, 1993-94#
^ The Big Ten coaches and media each had a team
# Media voted for team only
* denotes NCAA Sanctioned player
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423