Cassius Winston has been shouldering a huge workload for Michigan State basketball this season, and all that extra effort could earn him some hardware by season’s end starting with the Bob Cousy Award.
Cassius Winston is Michigan State’s leading scorer averaging 18.8 points per game according to Fox Sports. With 7.3 assists per game, Winston leads the Big Ten and is tied for fifth-best nationally with TCU‘s Alex Robinson. He also ranks No. 26 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.9. All while averaging 32.7 minutes a game.
Winston has become a workhorse for the ninth-ranked Spartans since Michigan State lost junior shooting guard Joshua Langford for the year to a foot injury. Cassius Winston has played at least 35 minutes in each of the past five games, including 44 minutes in Michigan State’s overtime loss to Indiana on Saturday.
Winston would be the Spartans’ first Bob Cousy Award winner and is also a leading candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year.
MSU’s next game is tonight at Illinois. The Spartans are currently tied with the Wolverines atop the Big Ten standings.
2019 Bob Cousy Award finalists
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Winston is one of 10 points guards selected as a finalist for the 2019 Bob Cousy Award. The Bob Cousy Award is an annual award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men’s point guard since 2004. It is named after six-time NBA champion Bob Cousy, who played point guard for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963. All six of Cosy’s championships were won as a member of the Celtics.
The other nine 2019 Bob Cousy Award finalists are Boston College’s Ky Bowman, Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins, LSU’s Tremont Waters, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Murray State’s Ja Morant, Nevada’s Cody Martin, Purdue‘s Carsen Edwards, Tennessee’s Jordan Bone, and Virginia’s Ty Jerome.
Past Bob Cousy Award winners
Villanova’s Jalen Brunson won last year’s Bob Cousy Award. A complete list of Bob Cousy Award winners can be found below:
|2003-04||Jameer Nelson||Saint Joseph’s||Senior|
|2004-05||Raymond Felton||North Carolina||Junior|
|2006-07||Acie Law||Texas A&M||Senior|
|2007-08||D. J. Augustin||Texas||Sophomore|
|2008-09||Ty Lawson||North Carolina||Junior|
|2011-12||Kendall Marshall||North Carolina||Sophomore|
|2016-17||Frank Mason III||Kansas||Senior|