Trey Burke in the early hunt for national player of the year, according to CBSsports.com
Trey Burke's received plenty of attention in less than two years as a Michigan basketball player, and currently, many are debating whether or not he's the best point guard in America.
CBSsports.com went one step further Tuesday, saying Burke's in the conversation for best player in America -- regardless of position.
Burke shot up Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman's national player of the year watch this week, joining Duke's Mason Plumlee and Creighton's Doug McDermott in the top three at No. 3 overall.
"Burke went through a mini-slump, but he's neck-and-neck with (Syracuse's) Michael Carter-Williams as the nation's top point guard right now," CBS explained. "He had 27 points, eight assists, five rebounds and no turnovers in an easy win over West Virginia in New York.
"He's putting up 18 points and seven assists for a team that's ranked second in the nation."
Burke, who was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week on Monday, ranks No. 4 nationally with 77 assists in 11 games. He's the third-leading scorer in the Big Ten at 18 points per game, he's first in the Big Ten in field goals made and is shooting 53.5 percent from the floor.
The rest of CBS' player of the year candidates include: Kansas center Jeff Withey, Carter-Williams, Indiana center Cody Zeller, Illinois guard Brandon Paul, Louisville guard Russ Smith, Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas and Virginia Tech guard Erick Green.
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