Bridges, Winston Selected to USBWA All-District Team
Michigan State sophomore men’s basketball players Miles Bridges and Cassius Winston were among a group of 11 players selected to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District V Team, announced on Tuesday afternoon. The District V team is comprised of student-athletes from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
This is the second-straight year that Bridges has been named to the USBWA All-District V Team and it is the first honor for Winston.
Bridges, who was one of 15 players selected to the National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award® earlier this week, was named a Second Team All-American by The Sporting News and USA Today on Monday and was tabbed a Second Team honoree by Andy Katz from NCAA.com and a Third Team selection from Rob Dauster at NBCSports.com.
A unanimous All-Big Ten First Team selection this year, Bridges leads Michigan State in scoring with 16.9 points per game, is second on the team with 6.9 rebounds and is third on the team with 2.8 assists per game. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring, 11th in rebounding and is third in the league in free throw percentage (88.3 percent). He is one of only four players in the country averaging at least 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 blocks per game.
Bridges became the 49th player in Michigan State history to pass the 1,000-point mark when he hit a 3-pointer in the first half of the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals against Michigan on Saturday in New York City. He finished with 17 points in the game and has 1,015 points for his career. Bridges is just the fifth player in MSU history to score 1,000 points in two seasons.
Bridges is also one of the 10 finalists for the Citizen Naismith Trophy, is one of 10 finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and is one of 14 players selected to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Winston, an All-Big Ten Third Team honoree this season, is third on the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and leads the team with 6.8 assists per game and in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 52.6 percent of his shots from long distance (71-of-135). Winston leads the Big Ten, and is No. 9 in the country, in assists per game, and he is third in the country in 3-point field goal percentage.
Winston is the only player in the country averaging at least 12.0 points, 6.0 assists and shooting at least 50.0 percent from 3-point land.
The duo helped Michigan State to the Big Ten Regular Season Championship and a school record 28 wins during the regular season. The Spartans, ranked No. 4 in the country in the Associated Press and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll, are 29-4 overall and posted a 16-2 record in conference play.