East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State men's basketball junior guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was selected to the John R. Wooden Award All American Team™ by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday night. Winston is one of five finalists for the Wooden Award Trophy, which is widely considered the most prestigious honor in college basketball,
The Wooden Award All American Team™ is made up of 10 student-athletes who were the top vote-getters in the quest to earn college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The 10-player team, alphabetically, consists of: RJ Barrett (Duke), Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga), Markus Howard (Marquette), De’Andre Hunter (Virginia), Ja Morant (Murray State), Grant Williams (Tennessee), Zion Williamson (Duke), and Cassius Winston (Michigan State).
In addition to Winston, the other four players invited to Los Angeles for the Wooden Award™ presentation during the ESPN College Basketball Awards show are: Barrett, Morant, Williams and Williamson.
Winston was named a Consensus Second Team All-American by the NCAA on April 2. He earned first team honors from the Associated Press and The Sporting News and was a second team honoree by the United States Basketball Writers Association and by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
The junior guard is averaging 18.9 points, 7.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 40.2 percent from 3-point land. He ranks fourth in the Big Ten Conference in scoring, while also leading the league and ranking No. 3 in the country, in assists per game. Winston has scored at least 20 points 20 times this year, has seven double-doubles in points and assists, has handed out at least 10 assists eight times and has dished out at least six in 30 games.
Winston was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA East Regional last weekend as MSU topped No. 1 seed Duke, 68-67, to advance to the Final Four. In four games, he averaged 19.0 points and 7.8 assists, including a 20-point, 10-assist effort in the win over Duke.
The junior guard was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament after the Spartans topped Michigan. In three games, he averaged 17.7 points, 7.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
He is the only player in the country averaging at least 18.0 points per game, 7.0 assists per game and connecting on at least 40.0 percent of his 3-point attempts this season.
Since 1992-93, Winston is one of only 18 Division I college basketball players to average at least 18.0 points and 7.0 assists per game, including one of three players this year (Ja Morant of Murray State and Colbey Ross of Pepperdine). Among that group of 18 players, which includes Denzel Valentine during the 2015-16 season, Winston is one of just six from a Power Six Conference.
Winston was named the Big Ten Player of the Week a school record five times this season (Nov. 26, Dec. 31, Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 25). He was also named the Most Valuable Player at the Las Vegas Invitational, averaging 19.5 points, 8.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in wins over UCLA and Texas.
Michigan State, 32-6 overall, takes on No. 3 seed Texas Tech in the second National Semifinal game Saturday night in Minneapolis. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 8:49 p.m. ET from U.S. Bank Stadium and will be televised on CBS.
About the John R. Wooden Award
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best basketball player at an NCAA Division I university who has proven to his or her university that he or she meets or exceeds the qualifications of the John R. Wooden Award as set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee, including making progress towards graduation and maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Previous winners include Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Kevin Durant (’07), Candace Parker (’07 & ’08), Maya Moore (’09 & ’11), Chiney Ogwumike (’14), and last year’s recipients, A’ja Wilson of South Carolina and Jalen Brunson of Villanova.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed nearly one million dollars to the universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the Wooden Award All American recipients and has sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament brings together Special Olympics athletes and Wooden Award All Americans and coaches in attendance. It is hosted at the Los Angeles Athletic Club during the John R. Wooden Award Weekend.
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