Rosemont, Ill. – Michigan State senior guard Cassius Winston was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Winston is the first Spartan to earn the honor since Miles Bridges was named the Preseason Player of the Year heading into the 2017-18 season. Winston, who averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 assists last season, is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and helped lead Michigan State to regular season and conference tournament championships as well as a trip to the Final Four.

With Winston back, Michigan State basketball is expected to be the preseason No. 1 team in the nation and is a favorite to win the national championship.

Winston was joined on the 10-player Preseason All-Big Ten team by junior teammate Xavier Tillman as well as Michigan senior guard Zavier Simpson.

Maryland was the only other team with more than one player on the team as senior guard Anthony Cowan and sophomore forward Jalen Smith made the list.

Also on the team are Illinois sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu, Iowa sophomore guard Joe Wieskamp, Ohio State junior forward Kaleb Wesson, Penn State senior forward Lamar Stevens and Purdue junior guard Nojel Eastern.

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