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Posted on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 : 5:05 p.m.

Michigan basketball freshman Trey Burke a finalist for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award

By Nick Baumgardner

Trey Burke has already made a name for himself this season within the Big Ten Conference, earning co-Player of the Week honors to go along with his third Freshman of the Week nod on Monday.

On Wednesday, the Michigan basketball team's freshman point guard began gaining more national notoriety.

Burke was listed as one of 20 finalists nationwide for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, an honor handed out annually to the country's top college point guard.


Michigan freshman Trey Burke, right, is one of 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, presented annually to the nation's top point guard.

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Burke was originally a member of the 60-player nominee list, but survived the cut of 40 players to make the final 20.

The list will now be narrowed down to 10 in early February before being trimmed to five players in March. The winner will be announced Monday, April 2, in New Orleans as part of the 2012 Final Four.

Burke, who is averaging 14 points and five assists for Michigan this season, is one of three Big Ten point guards still in contention for the award. Joining him are Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor. Detroit's Ray McCallum is also on the final list of 20.

Former Connecticut star Kemba Walker won the award last season, and previous winners include Jameer Nelson, Raymond Felton, Dee Brown and Ty Lawson.

No. 16 Michigan (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) returns to the floor Thursday at No. 12 Indiana (9 p.m., ESPN2).

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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