Winston Named 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award All-American

He was one of only seven Division I players averaging at least 18.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.

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April 01, 2020 - 12:27 pm
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East Lansing, Mich. -  Michigan State men’s basketball senior guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was named a 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award® All-American in a nationwide vote of coaches, media and fans.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Joining Winston on the 2019-20 Senior CLASS All-American first team were Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Markus Howard (Marquette), Sam Merrill (Utah State) and Myles Powell (Seton Hall). Howard was named the 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award recipient.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Winston has been a leader for the Michigan State men's basketball program since stepping foot on the East Lansing campus in 2016, both on and off the floor, and in the classroom.

He was named a Consensus Second-Team All-American by the NCAA on March 24, the second-straight year he was named a consensus All-American.  Winston earned second team All-American honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) the Associated Press, The Sporting News and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

An All-Big Ten Conference First Team pick by the media and the coaches, Winston led Michigan State, and ranked third in the Big Ten, in scoring with 18.6 points per game and was fourth in the league with 5.9 assists.  He led the league in 3-point field goal percentage (43.2%), was second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (85.2%), eighth in field goal percentage (44.8%) and tied for seventh in the league in steals (1.2)

He was one of only seven Division I players averaging at least 18.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Winston finished his Michigan State career ranked sixth all-time with 1,969 points and is the all-time leader in assists at MSU and in the Big Ten Conference with 894. 

He is one of only four players in Division I history to score at least 1,900 points and hand out at least 850 assists.

A native of Detroit, Winston graduated from Michigan State in three years, earning his bachelor's degree in advertising management.  Following the 2018-19 season, when he was named a consensus Second Team All-American, Winston returned to MSU for his senior year and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sport coaching and leadership.

Off the floor, Winston has been a fixture in his community, both on campus and in his hometown.  He has taken part in the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan Accessible Trick-or-Treat at a local hospital each year, participated in Habitat Thru Humanity with MSU Athletics and has been an activist for heart screenings for students at the Heilmann Community Center in Detroit.