In news that should surprise no one, Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke won yet another individual honor.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Sunday evening that Burke, who will lead Michigan against Louisville in Monday’s national title game, is the winner of the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T. Burke was named winner of the AP, Wooden and Robertson awards earlier this weekend.
The other finalists for the award were Doug McDermott (Creighton), Victor Oladipo (Indiana) and Otto Porter Jr. (Georgetown).
“Trey is a selfless player who works hard to make his teammates better every day,” said Michigan head coach John Beilein. “He has provided tremendous leadership all season long and has played at an extremely high level every game.
“Trey is a joy to coach and we are fortunate to have him as a floor leader. Trey is a great ambassador for the University of Michigan and will represent the Naismith Trophy with great pride.”
In 38 games this season Burke is averaging 18.5 points and 6.8 assists per contest, shooting 45.9% from the field.
Burke didn’t have his best game on Saturday night however, shooting 1-of-8 from the field (seven points) in Michigan’s 61-56 win over Syracuse. Saturday was just the second time that Burke has failed to reach double figures this season, with the first coming in Michigan’s NCAA tournament opener against South Dakota State.
A win on Monday would give Michigan its first national title since 1989, when Glen Rice and company beat Seton Hall 80-79 in Seattle.