Trio of Wolverines Earn All-Conference

The University of Michigan men's basketball had a quartet of players earn all-conference honors in freshman Trey Burke, sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr., and seniors Zack Novak and and Stu Douglass.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Fresh off its first Big Ten championship in 26 years, the University of Michigan men's basketball had a quartet of players earn all-conference honors in freshman Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS), sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior HS) and seniors Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) and Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) as announced by the Big Ten on Monday (March 5).

Burke highlights the Wolverine honorees with four awards after he was the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year by the media, All-Big Ten second team from coaches and media and a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman team. Hardaway earned All-Big Ten third team (coaches and media) honors, while Novak was All-Big Ten honorable mention (media). Douglass was named as U-M's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.

Burke becomes the sixth Wolverine to earn Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 14.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists. He earned eight conference honors during the season, hauling in seven Freshman of the Week citations and one Player of the Week award.

Burke scored in double-figures 28 times, breaking the 20-point barrier four times, including a career-high 27 against Minnesota. With his 144 assists, Burke broke U-M's 27-year old record for freshman assists in a single season held by U-M legend Gary Grant (140, 1984-85).

Hardaway earns All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season. Starting all 31 games, he has averaged 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He recorded two double-doubles on the season and produced 24 double-figure scoring games with five 20-plus point games. He earned all-tournament honors at the Maui Invitational en route to the Big Ten's Player of the Week honor.

In his final season in the Maize and Blue, Novak earns All-Big Ten honors for the first time after posting 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. During the season, he became the 45th Wolverine to reach 1,000 career points and the 40th Wolverines to reach 500 career rebounds. A three-time captain, Novak was the first Wolverine to earn Academic All-America honors since 1984 and is a finalist for the Lowe's CLASS Award.

Douglass earns U-M's Sportsmanship award for the second straight season. A two-time captain, he is averaging 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Michigan has secured a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament being held Thursday through Sunday, March 8-11, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. U-M will open play on Friday (March 9) at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Minnesota and Northwestern. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

2011-12 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Awards

Coaches Selections
(UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN ALL CAPS)

First Team
Draymond Green, Michigan State
John Shurna, Northwestern
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

Second Team
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan
William Buford, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State

Third Team
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Matt Gatens, Iowa
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern

Honorable Mention
Meyers Leonard, Illinois
Christian Watford, Indiana
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Lewis Jackson, Purdue
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Ryan Evans, Wisconsin

All-Freshman Team
CODY ZELLER, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
TREY BURKE, Michigan
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern

All-Defensive Team
Victor Oladipo, Indiana

Draymond Green, Michigan State
AARON CRAFT, Ohio State Tim Frazier, Penn State
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin

Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Michigan State
Defensive Player of the Year: Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: Cody Zeller, Indiana
Sixth Man of the Year: D.J. Byrd, Purdue
Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo, Michigan State

Media Selections

First Team
DRAYMOND GREEN, Michigan State
John Shurna, Northwestern
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue

Second Team
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Matt Gatens, Iowa
Trey Burke, Michigan
William Buford, Ohio State
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

Third Team
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

Honorable Mention
Meyers Leonard, Illinois
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Christian Watford, Indiana
Aaron White, Iowa
Zack Novak, Michigan
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
D.J. Byrd, Purdue
Lewis Jackson, Purdue
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Ryan Evans, Wisconsin

Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Michigan State
Freshman of the Year: Trey Burke, Michigan
Coach of the Year: Tom Izzo, Michigan State

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Sam Maniscalco, Illinois
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Matt Gatens, Iowa
Stu Douglass, Michigan
Austin Thornton, Michigan State
Ralph Sampson III, Minnesota
Brandon Richardson, Nebraska
Nick Fruendt, Northwestern
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Billy Oliver, Penn State
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Rob Wilson, Wisconsin


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