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Vol. 50, No. 4 • May 2013 • .pdf version
Burke, Smart, Larrañaga highlight USBWA awards
A pair of point guards and a former swingman head the USBWA's winners of this season's Oscar Robertson, Wayman Tisdale and Henry Iba trophies.
Michigan point guard Trey Burke won the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the nation's top player, and Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart won the Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the nation's top freshman. Miami coach Miami's Jim Larrañaga, a former high-scoring guard/forward at Providence, won the Henry Iba Award given to the nation's top coach.
Burke, Smart and Larrañaga will be formally presented with their awards on Monday, April 15, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards Gala in Oklahoma City.
Burke, a 6-foot sophomore, led Michigan to as high as the nation's No. 1 ranking during an outstanding season in which he also was named the Big Ten Conference player of the year. He is Michigan's first national Oscar Robertson Trophy winner and the first national player of the year of any kind since Cazzie Russell won the award in 1966.
Burke made the nation take notice when he posted a career-high 11 assists, with no turnovers, while also scoring 18 points in a victory over No. 18 N.C. State in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. He topped himself early in the Big Ten season with 19 points and 12 assists against Iowa. He also had notable performances against Illinois (26 points, eight assists) and Michigan State (21 points, eight assists and a career-high five steals).
Burke, who was averaging 19.2 points and 6.7 assists at the end of the regular season, broke Michigan's single season assists record in an NCAA Tournament game against VCU. Darius Morris set the record with 235 assists during the 2010-11 season.
Smart, a 6-4 point guard, became the third freshman to be named the Big 12 Conference player of the year, following in the footsteps of Texas' Kevin Durant in 2007 and Kansas State's Michael Beasley in 2008. Smart also was a unanimous selection to the all-Big 12 defensive team.
Smart, an outstanding leader, was the Big 12's only player to rank among its top 15 in scoring (15.1 per game), rebounding (5.7), assists (4.3) and steals (3.0). Smart's 94 steals set the league's single-season record.
Larrañaga, who took George Mason to the Final Four in 2006, was named USBWA's national coach of the year in only his second season at Miami for leading the Hurricanes in school history and included their first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title in 12 years and the first ACC tournament championship in history.
Burke led the USBWA's All-America first team, which included Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr., Creighton forward Doug McDermott and Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk.
Smart led the All-America second team, which included big men Mason Plumlee of Duke and Cody Zeller of Indiana and two Kansas players, 7-foot center Jeff Withey and freshman Ben McLemore.
USBWA All-America Teams
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