Athlon Sports 2019-20 Preseason All-America Team

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.

 

Second Team

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

 

Third Team

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

 

 

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