Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke was named
the winner of the 2013 Naismith Trophy, given to the college basketball player
of the year.
Burke, the first Michigan player to win the award, has guided the Wolverines
back to the NCAA title game for the first time since 1993. He buried a deep 3-
pointer against Kansas in the regional semifinals to send the game into
overtime and made three free throws in the final minute of Saturday's Final
Four win over Syracuse.
"Trey is a selfless player who works hard to make his teammates better every
day," Michigan head coach John Beilein said of the point guard. "He has
provided tremendous leadership all season long and has played at an extremely
high level every game."
Burke, the Big Ten Player of the Year, has averaged 18.5 points and 6.8
assists per game this season.
The award was given by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which is
comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from
around the country. Fan voting accounted for 25 percent of the final tally.
The other finals were Creighton junior Doug McDermott, Indiana junior Victor
Oladipo and Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter, Jr.
Miami-Florida's Jim Larranaga won the men's college coach of the year honor.
Other finalists included Saint Louis University coach Jim Crews, Gonzaga
University coach Mark Few and Georgetown University coach John Thompson III.
Larranaga guided the Hurricanes to the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference regular
season and the ACC Tournament championships. Miami lost in the Sweet 16 to
Marquette, but finished with a 29-7 overall mark.
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