A pair of University of Michigan college basketball standouts continued their hardcourt excellence as first-year professionals, made official on Thursday when the NBA named both Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to its All-Rookie first team. Burke, 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year and now a member of the Utah Jazz, finished third in the league’s vote while Hardaway Jr., who plays with the New York Knicks, took fifth place.
In his two-year U-M hoops career, Burke tallied 1,231 points and 416 assists, and his electrifying performance at point guard in the NCAA tournament following the 2012-13 season helped propel his team to the championship game against Louisville, to which it lost, 82-76. In his debut NBA campaign, Burke, who was third in the Rookie of the Year voting, finished with a 12.8 points-per-game average, as well as 5.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds.
Also a guard, Hardaway Jr. played three seasons for the Wolverines, and was a team captain in his junior year, for which he earned All-Big Ten First Team honors in a vote of the conference’s coaches. He left Ann Arbor with a career total of 1,532 points. As an NBA newcomer, Hardaway Jr. scored 10.2 points per game to go along with an 82.8 free throw shooting percentage. He finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting.
Joining Burke and Hardaway Jr. on the five-man 2013-14 All Rookie first team are Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers, Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic and Mason Plumlee of the Brooklyn Nets. Learn more about the honor for the Michigan duo in a detailed story on the university’s official athletic website, MGoBlue.com. The site also has information about this season’s NBA All-Rookie second team and about other Wolverines who have made the NBA All-Rookie first or second teams over the years, including Cazzie Russell and Jalen Rose.