Michigan guard Trey Burke was named the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy, presented annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the men's college basketball player of the year.
Burke will be officially presented the Oscar Robertson Trophy by its namesake, the legendary Oscar Robertson, on April 15 at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards gala at National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Burke, a 6-0, 190-pound sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, becomes the second USBWA national player of the year from Michigan and the seventh from a Big Ten Conference school. Burke is just the ninth sophomore to win the award, but the first second-year guard to be so honored.
A first-team USBWA All-American and the USBWA District V Player of the Year, Burke was chosen as the national player of the year from a field of 14 finalists, based on regular-season performance.
The Big Ten Player of the Year led the Wolverines (30-7) to a 16-0 start, a number one national ranking (Jan. 28) and the school's first Final Four appearance since 1993. Burke leads the team in scoring (18.8 ppg) and assists (6.8 apg) while also grabbing 3.1 rebounds per game. He also is shooting 80.8 percent from the free-throw line. Michigan has committed the fewest turnovers per game (9.4) of any team in the country.
Burke has started all 37 games this season and has scored in double figures in each contest as the Wolverines have been ranked among the nation's top ten for the entire season. Three times, Burke was named the Big Ten Player of the Week and, for the week ending Jan. 6, he was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the USBWA.
In the NCAA Tournament, after being held scoreless in the first half of the South Regional semifinal vs. top-seeded Kansas, Burke scored 23 points after halftime, including a dramatic 30-foot three-pointer with four seconds left in regulation that sent the game to overtime. After Michigan defeated the Jayhawks in the extra session, the Wolverines disposed of Florida two days later behind a 15-point, 8-assist, 7-rebound effort effort from Burke to advance to Atlanta. To date, Michigan has not lost a non-conference game (17-0) this season.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership of the association, which consists of more than 900 journalists. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's first player of the year in 1959 and was the consensus national player of the year as a sophomore in 1958, the year before USBWA started giving its player of the year award. The USBWA renamed the award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.
Tickets and sponsorship information for the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards are available at collegebasketballawards.com or by contacting Scott Hill at (405) 749-1515 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The April 15 banquet will also honor Miami (Fla.) coach Jim Larrañaga with the Henry Iba Award as the national coach of the year, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart with the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as the national freshman of the year and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo as the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award.