Michigan's Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. make Wooden Award preseason top 50 list
ANN ARBOR -- Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway have found themselves in elite company, once again.
The Michigan sophomore point guard and junior shooting guard were both listed on the preseason top 50 watch list for the 2012-13 John R. Wooden Award on Thursday.
ESPN.com secured the list exclusively.
The Wooden Award, named after legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, has been presented to college basketball's most outstanding player since 1977.
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the award last season.
Burke and Hardaway are expected to be Michigan's top two scoring options again this season, and make up a back court that's widely regarded as one of the best in America.
Burke, an All-American, averaged 14.8 points and 4.6 assists last season. Hardaway, meanwhile, averaged 14.6 points per game a year ago for the Wolverines.
Hardaway and Burke were two of nine Big Ten players to make the list, joining Indiana's Cody Zeller and Christian Watford, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas, Illinois' Brandon Paul, Michigan State's Keith Appling and Penn State's Tim Frazier.
No. 5 Michigan opens its 2012-13 regular season Friday at home against Slippery Rock (8:30 p.m.).