Around college basketball: Michigan’s Burke voted player of year by AP
Michigan guard Trey Burke, a Northland graduate, averaged 19.2 points this season.
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, a Northland graduate, joins Cazzie Russell in 1966 as the only Michigan players to win the award. The Big Ten player of the year, Burke averaged 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists. He made 40.1 percent of his three-point shots.
He received 31 votes from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly top 25. Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown was second with 16 votes and Victor Oladipo of Indiana received 10.
“He has been with three to five freshmen all year long,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Here he is this cagey sophomore, veteran sophomore. “
Jim Larranaga of the University of Miami, who led the Hurricanes to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles — the first in school history — and a school-best No. 2 ranking, was voted coach of the year.
Larranaga received 29 votes, Jim Crews of Saint Louis got 19 and Mark Few of Gonzaga had 11.
Fired Rutgers coach to receive $100,000 bonus
Rutgers’s fired coach is due a $100,000 bonus for lasting through the season.
Mike Rice was dismissed on Wednesday after a video was made public of him kicking and shoving players and yelling gay slurs during practices.
He would not be collecting the bonus if he had been fired in December when the university first saw the video and the administration decided only to discipline him.
Meanwhile, assistant coach Jimmy Martelli has resigned.
• Memphis forward-guard Adonis Thomas plans to forego his final two seasons with the Tigers to sign with an agent and declare for the NBA draft.
• Former American and Virginia coach Jeff Jones has been named coach at Old Dominion.
He replaces Blaine Taylor, who was fired in February. Jones, 52, compiled a 212-182 record in 13 seasons at American and 146-104 in eight seasons at Virginia.