Michigan State's Cassius Winston named Associated Press' Player of the Year in Big 10
By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer
Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Purdue’s Matt Painter is its coach of the year.
Winston, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were unanimous picks to the AP’s All-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference.
Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis was named newcomer of the year.
Joining Winston, Edwards and Happ on the all-conference first team are Michigan’s Zavier Simpson and Maryland’s Bruno Fernando.
Happ is on the first team for the third straight year. Edwards is a unanimous choice for the second year in a row. Winston was on the second team last year.
Winston is the second Michigan State player in four years named AP’s Big Ten player of the year, joining Denzel Valentine in 2016.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard held together an injury-plagued Spartans team and led it to a share of the regular-season championship.
The second team is made up of Indiana’s Romeo Langford, Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr., Penn State’s Lamar Stevens, Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy and Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis.
Brazdeikis, a 6-7, 215-pound freshman from Oakville, Ontario, leads Michigan in scoring with 15 points per game.
Purdue’s Painter returned only one starter — preseason player of the year Edwards — and the Boilermakers opened 6-5 before they won 17 of their next 20 to share the regular-season title with Michigan State.
Painter is 318-157 in 14 seasons at Purdue.