Trey Burke, Jim Larranaga win 2013 AP NCAA Awards
The Associated Press handed out its two most prestigious college basketball awards on April 4th, and both went to deserving honorees. Trey Burke, sophomore point guard for the Final Four-bound Michigan Wolverines, was named AP National Player of the Year. Jim Larranaga, the head coach of the ACC regular season and conference tournament champion Miami Hurricanes, is the AP National Coach of the Year.
Trey Burke is only the second Michigan player to receive the honor, joining Cazzie Russell in 1966. Burke averaged 19.2 points, 6.7 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Wolverines, and was also named Big Ten Player of the Year. He received 31 votes; runner-up Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown received 16 votes. (Victor Oladipo was 3rd with 10.) Voting ended on Selection Sunday.
Jim Larranaga coached the Miami Hurricanes to a 29-7 record, a #2 national ranking and ACC regular season and conference tournament titles. He is the first Miami head coach to win the AP National Coach of the Year award, and the first ACC coach since Roy Williams did so for UNC in 2006. Larranaga received 29 votes; runner-up Jim Crews of Saint Louis received 19.
Originally posted on CollegeBasketballTalk:
The AP announced their annual awards on Thursday afternoon.
Michigan point guard Trey Burke was named National Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points and 6.8 assists while leading a Wolverines team loaded with freshmen to the Final Four.
Jim Larranaga was named National Coach of the Year, and it’s difficult to argue with that pick as well. Miami was barely considered a tournament team heading into the season, but they ended up winning the outright ACC regular season title and the ACC tournament title, earning a two-seed in the NCAA tournament.