ATLANTA — Trey Burke, the sophomore point guard who led Michigan to the Final Four, has been selected The Associated Press’ college basketball player of the year.
Burke joins Cazzie Russell in 1966 as the only Michigan players to win the award.
The Big Ten player of the year, Burke was the leader of a team that at times had four freshmen on the court with him but he still managed to average 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists.
He received 31 votes Thursday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. The voting ended on Selection Sunday.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jim Larranaga, who led Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles and a No. 2 ranking, has been selected The Associated Press’ coach of the year.
Larranaga received 29 votes from the national media panel.
The 63-year-old had a 29-7 record in his second season with the Hurricanes and they were made a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
PAC12: Ed Rush has resigned as the Pac-12 Conference’s coordinator of officials following comments that he targeted Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the league tournament.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Rush made an “inappropriate joke” before the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals offering a group of officials $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if they called a technical foul on Miller, but that every official interviewed confirmed “nobody thought they were getting a reward.”
BAYLOR 74, IOWA 54
In New York, Pierre Jackson had 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor (23-14) to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a win over Iowa (25-13).