Trio of senior guards lead the pack
The 2019-20 Athlon Sports college basketball All-America team has a notable distinction: For the first time since the ’11-12 season, there are no freshmen on the first team. There are still some very talented rookies on the national landscape — three freshmen are on the second team — but the first five is comprised of one sophomore, one junior and three seniors.
The group is led by the best player on the best team, Michigan State senior guard Cassius Winston. The other two seniors are high-scoring guards from the Big East, Marquette’s Markus Howard and Seton Hall’s Myles Powell. Jordan Nwora from Louisville, one of the most improved players in the nation last season, and Devon Dotson, a point guard from Kansas, also have earned first-team honors.
Devon Dotson, G, Kansas
Dotson was very good as a freshman and should be great in his second tour through college basketball for Kansas coach Bill Self. The point guard averaged 12.3 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. Dotson is also a plus defender.
Markus Howard, G, Marquette
Howard has been one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball over the past two seasons. Last year, he averaged 25.0 points per game — up from 20.4 as a sophomore— and connected on over 40 percent from 3-point range for the third straight season.
Jordan Nwora, F, Louisville
Nwora’s decision to return for his junior season vaulted Louisville into contender status in Chris Mack’s second season at the school. The 6-7 forward increased his scoring from 5.7 points per game as a freshman to 17.0 last season. He added 7.6 rebounds per game and shot a respectable 37.4 percent from 3-point range.
Myles Powell, G, Seton Hall
Powell, who surprised many when he announced his decision to return to Seton Hall, should battle Howard for Big East Player of the Year honors. He averaged 23.1 points as a junior and scored fewer than 15 points only three times.
Cassius Winston, G, Michigan State
Winston has steadily improved during his time in East Lansing and is now a leading contender for National Player of the Year honors. The point guard from Detroit averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 assists per game last season to lead the Spartans to a share of the Big Ten championship.
Cole Anthony, Fr., G, North Carolina
Jarron Cumberland, Sr., G, Cincinnati
Tre Jones, So., G, Duke
Isaiah Stewart, Fr., C, Washington
James Wiseman, Fr., C, Memphis
Udoka Azubuike, Sr., C, Kansas
Kerry Blackshear, Jr., Sr., F, Florida
Ayo Dosunmu, So., G, Illinois
Anthony Edwards, Fr., G, Georgia
Reggie Perry, So., F, Mississippi State