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As expected, Cassius Winston of U-D is Mr. Basketball

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

As expected, Cassius Winston of U-D is Mr. Basketball

 

 

Detroit – No, this season’s selection for the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award wasn’t a slam dunk. Rather it was a no-look pass for a layup.

That’s how Cassius Winston would have it scripted.

Winston, a 6-1 guard from U-D Jesuit, became the 36th recipient of what it widely regarded as the state’s most prestigious individual award, which is sponsored by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan in conjunction with the Detroit Free Press. The presentation was made in downtown Detroit inside the Free Press/Detroit News building.

Winston, who signed with Michigan State, easily outdistanced the other four finalists. Winston collected 70 percent of the first place votes and totaled 4,286 points (voting by members of the Basketball Coach Association of Michigan is done on a 5-3-1 basis). Austin Davis of Onsted was second with 2,829 points. Finishing third was Spencer Littleson of Rochester Adams (1,640) followed by Corey Allen of Ypsilanti (1,597) and Karmari Newman of Detroit East English Village Prep was fifth with 1,024 points.

Winston was the top-ranked player going into this season so this was no surprise.

U-D coach Pat Donnelly said when he saw Winston play as a seventh grade student at the U-D Academy he thought this day was possible.

“I watched him in the CYO (Catholic Youth Or