Weekly Awards: Michigan’s Trey Burke, Central Michigan’s Kyle Randall, Madonna’s Bobby Naubert pick up awards
Three college basketball players in Michigan this week won player of the week honors in their respective leagues.
Burke averaged 23.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals, and he shot 71.4 percent from the field (20-for-28) and 50.0 percent (4-for-8) from long range in wins over Binghamton (Dec. 11) and West Virginia (Dec. 15).
Opening up the week against Binghamton, Burke’s 19 points, five assists and four rebounds helped U-M to the 67-39 victory. He finished the game 8-for-12 from the field, including three long-range buckets in 30 minutes of action. Closing the week, Burke guided U-M to its third victory in New York City — 81-66 over West Virginia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He scored a season-best 27 points, finishing with a new career high for field goals as he was 12-for-16 from the field. He added eight assists with zero turnovers, five rebounds and tied a career-best three steals in 38 minutes of action.
Randall recorded his third 20-point performance in the last four games, leading the Chippewas with 21 points in an 80-77 road win to hand Pepperdine their first loss at home. He was instrumental as the only non-freshman on the floor for the final 3:03 in which CMU held off several Pepperdine charges. His fourth three-pointer was the Chippewas’ final field goal, with 2:19 left, and he knocked down 4-of-6 free throws in the final six seconds to seal the victory. He shot 4-of-6 from three-point range, 5-of-8 from the line and 6-of-13 from the floor while tallying three assists, just one turnover, and three rebounds.
Against No. 6 DU, Naubert surpassed the 1,000-point mark with a 30-point effort in MU’s 82-69 win. He also recorded eight assists and three rebounds while going 10-for-13 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. In MU’s lone loss of the week to No. 6-ranked Grace, Naubert missed his first career triple double by a single rebound and assist as he scored 21 points while grabbing nine rebounds and collecting nine assists. The Crusaders’ point guard wrapped his week up with a six-point, six rebound and nine assist effort in just 25 minutes against Johnson & Wales in an 82-58 victory.
For the week Naubert averaged 19 points, 8.7 assists and six rebounds per game while connecting on 57.6 percent (19-for-33) of his shots from the floor and 73.9 percent of his free throws (17-for-23). Naubert currently ranks first nationally in total assists (109) and is second in assists per game, averaging 7.78 per contest.