Dec. 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- University of Michigan men's basketball freshman guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) was named a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year today (Monday, Dec. 19) by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in college basketball. The list is comprised of 65 student-athletes who have shown the same leadership, hard work and determination as Cousy did throughout his collegiate and professional playing career.
Joining Burke on the list from the Big Ten are Ohio State's Aaron Craft, Penn State's Tim Frazier, Purdue's Lewis Jackson and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor.
Just 11 games into his first season, Burke has started all except one game while averaging 13.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per outing. Twice this season he has been recognized for his play as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week -- Nov. 28 and Dec. 12.
Burke has scored in double figures in all but one game as a starter including a career-high 20 points against Oakland on Dec. 10. He has eight games with four or more assists, including a career-best nine against Duke on Nov. 22 and Oakland. Burke helped Michigan take third at the Maui Invitational, averaging 12 points and six assists through three games in Hawaii.
This original list of candidates will be narrowed down to 20 by Jan. 1, then to 10 by Feb. 1, and the final five by March 1. The selection committee comprised of top college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers, will then review the final five candidates.
The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class announcement on Monday, April 2, in New Orleans, La., as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Contact: Tom Wywrot, Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423