EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State junior men's basketball player Cassius Winston (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was named one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2019 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Named after Class of 1971 Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor, now in its 16th year, recognizes the top point guards in Division I men's college basketball. A national committee comprising top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.
Winston, who was selected to the All-Big Ten Preseason Team last week, was one of 10 finalists for the Cousy Award last year as a sophomore.
Winston was an All-Big Ten Third Team honoree in 2017-18 and was selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District V team. He finished second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and led the team with 6.8 assists per game and in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 49.7 percent of his shots from long distance (75-of-151). Winston led the Big Ten, and was No. 8 in the country, in assists per game.
"For more than fifteen years, the Cousy Award has recognized the top collegiate point guard annually, forming a fraternity of honorees who have gone on to have tremendous success in the game," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "They exhibit many of the characteristics that made Bob Cousy a tremendous player and floor general and we are excited to watch the men on this watch list as the season progresses."
Bob Cousy played for Holy Cross from 1946-1950 winning an NCAA Championship in 1947. He was named a Consensus First-Team All-American in 1950. His success continued at the professional level as a six-time NBA Champion (1957, 1959-1963), NBA Most Valuable Player (1957) and 13-time NBA All-Star (1951-63). In 1996, he was named a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame's selection committee. The winner of the 2019 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting 5. Additional awards being presented include the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award, the Karl Malone Power Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award. Broadcast information will be released by ESPN at a later date.
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