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MSU point guard Cassius Winston earns second-team Associated Press All-American honors

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

For the second consecutive year, Michigan State Spartans point guard Cassius Winston has received All-American honors from the Associated Press.

Winston was named to the AP’s second-team, averaging 18.6 points, 5.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game during the 2019-2020 season. He shot 44.8 percent from the floor, 85.2 percent from the free throw line and a Big Ten-leading 43.2 percent from three-point land as a senior.

The first-team selections include Dayton’s Obi Toppin, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Iowa’s Luka Garza, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.

Joining Winston on the second-team is Duke’s Vernon Carey, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn and Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson.

Winston was named a first-team All-American selection by the AP for the 2018-2019 season. He is just the sixth player in Michigan State program history to earn multiple All-American honors, joining Mateen Cleaves, Shawn Respert, Steve Smith, Magic Johnson and Johnny Green.

Winston was also recently named second-team All-American by The Sporting News and The Athletic. Additionally, Winston was an All Big-Ten first-team selection for the second straight year. Junior forward/center Xavier Tillman received third-team All-American recognition by The Athletic.

Winston finishes his remarkable career as a Spartan with 1,969 points (sixth in MSU history) and 894 assists, which is not only a Michigan State record, but a Big Ten Conference record.

Unfortunately, Winston’s college career was cut short to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we expect to see his jersey hanging in the Breslin Center rafters one day.

Congratulations, Cassius! Go Green!