Friday, April 5, 2013
3-point shot: Burke should sweep awards
By Andy Katz
1. Expect Michigan's Trey Burke to sweep through all the player of the year awards. If not, I will be shocked. After winning the AP player of the year award on Thursday, Burke added the Oscar Robertson trophy Friday morning. A few weeks ago it looked like the awards would be shared by players like Indiana's Victor Oladipo or Georgetown's Otto Porter. But Burke surged ahead with his play, including his performance in the NCAA tournament. And that should count. I know the Kemba Walker camp would have liked to have had his postseason play count against BYU's Jimmer Fredette. Even if it did, in that particular season, it would have been still close and Fredette may have still won. These awards should all wait until the Monday of Final Four week before accepting ballots.
2. NC State blocked Rodney Purvis from transferring to any ACC school or Missouri or Cincinnati, two schools on the Wolfpack's upcoming schedule. NC State athletic director Debbie Yow said she was OK with that because Purvis could be playing at NC State. I don't get this. It is being petty. It may not matter with Purvis likely headed to UConn. Still, blocking a player from transferring to a possible non-conference opponent, for one game a season, just looks small. I understand blocking teams from the conference; every league essentially looks to do that. But blocking transfers to a non-conference opponent is a weak response. Coaches have freedom of movement, even within a league, but players don't without having to give up a scholarship or fight for a waiver. UPDATE: Coach Mark Gottfried said the school is now reworking the release and has no problems releasing him to any school outside of the ACC.
3. Providence coach Ed Cooley will find out Tuesday if Ricky Ledo will return for his redshirt freshman season or declare for the NBA draft, he said Friday. Ledo was a big-time get for the Friars but was unlikely to ever get eligible this season. He sat out and was apparently an instrumental part of the team in practice. Now, Ledo may leave without ever playing a game for the Friars. Ledo and the school may have still benefited from his year in between high school and the NBA. If he became a better player, and more importantly more mature, then it would help him in the league. Having a year of college is better than none.