Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Burke making case for Big Ten FOY
By Myron Medcalf
Cody Zeller is arguably the Big Ten’s best newcomer. His prowess turned a struggling Hoosiers program into a Top-10 team.
NBA minds place Zeller among the Top-15 in next summer’s draft. Plus, the 6-11 forward could crack the Big Ten’s first team. And Tuesday, he earned a spot on the Wooden Award’s midseason list.
But I’m not convinced that he’s the top freshman in the league.
Michigan’s Trey Burke continues to produce in big games (see Tuesday night’s 20-point effort in Michigan’s 60-59 victory over the Spartans). He’s filled the apparent void that was created when Darius Morris left school for the NBA and helped the Wolverines become a better team.
Let’s compare the two players.
Zeller (14.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 apg)
Burke (14.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg)
Big Ten numbers (through seven games for Burke, six for Zeller)
Zeller (14.2 ppg-12th, 4.8 rpg-20th, 63.5 field goal percentage-second)