Burke averaged 18.8 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals and just 2.2 turnovers per game during his sophomore season while leading Michigan to its first Final Four appearance since 1993.
Cazzie Russell is the only other Michigan player to win the AP Player of the Year award; Russell received the honor after the 1965-66 season.
The announcement of Burke’s award comes the same day that reports swirled about Burke, and his junior teammate Tim Hardaway Jr., likely entering the NBA draft after Michigan’s season.
Burke also won the Bob Cousy award for the nation’s best point guard earlier on Thursday.
Today’s Player of the Year event was just one of many potential awards during a busy weekend in Atlanta for the Michigan point guard. On Friday morning the USBWA Oscar Robertson Player of the Year will be announced and Michigan will meet with the media and participate in its required open practice later that afternoon. All of that comes before Saturday night’s Final Four clash with Syracuse.