Michigan's season came to a disappointing finish in the Second Round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament when they lost to the lower seeded Ohio Bobcats, but their was still plenty to celebrate on Tuesday evening at the 51st annual University of Michigan Basketball Awards Celebration, which was held at the William Davidson Player Development Center [MGoBlue]:
Freshman Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) earned the evening's top award -- the BILL BUNTIN MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD -- while seniors Zack Novak (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) and Stu Douglass (Carmel, Ind./Carmel HS) combined to win 10 awards.
[Zack] Novak was honored with six on the evening, including the STEVE GROTE HUSTLE AWARD, the BODNAR AWARD FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, the AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FREE THROW SHOOTING, the IRON MAN AWARD and the CHARGE AWARD. [...][Stu] Douglass was honored four times during the banquet, winning the RUDY TOMJANOVICH MOST IMPROVED AWARD, the WAYMAN BRITT OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD and the TRAVIS CONLAN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD.
Burke announced Monday that he's returning for his sophomore season, so Michigan will have at least another year with their MVP. Burke, who averaged 14.8 points and 4.6 assists per game this year, was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Michigan finished the 2011-12 season with a 24-10 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the Big Ten, earning them a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, their first since 1986. Hopefully, next year they can parlay a similarly successful regular season into a nice little run in the NCAA tournament.