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East Lansing, Michigan– Michigan State men’s basketball forward Xavier Tillman Sr. (Grand Rapids, Michigan/GR Christian) was selected by the Sacramento Kings and guard Cassius Winston (Detroit, Michigan/University of Detroit Jesuit) was picked by the Oklahoma City in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night.
Tillman was selected by the Kings with the 35th overall pick, while Winston was taken by the Thunder with the 53rd pick overall.
Tillman’s pick was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he will rejoin former MSU teammate Jaren Jackson Jr., the No. 4 pick by the Grizzlies in the 2018 Draft. Winston’s pick was eventually moved to the Washington Wizards.
Twenty-two Spartans have been selected in the NBA Draft under Head Coach Tom Izzo, including 21 since the 2000 NBA Draft. All-time, Michigan State has had 65 players selected in the NBA Draft.
Tillman, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a second team all-league selection, was selected to the 2019-20 Academic All-America® Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on March 9. He finished second on the team in scoring (13.7 ppg), led the team in rebounds (10.3, third in the Big Ten) and blocked shots (2.1 bpg) and was third on the team in assists (3.0 apg).
He was the only Division I player who averaged at least 13.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots during the 2019-20 season. Tillman was just the third Division I player since 1992-93 to reach those numbers, joining Tim Duncan at Wake Forest in 1996-97 and Bo Outlaw in 1992-93 at Houston.
Tillman earned Third Team All-American honors from The Athletic and NBCSports.com.
Winston left Michigan State after one of the most prolific careers in program history, becoming just the second player in program history to earn multiple consensus All-American honors.
An All-Big Ten Conference First Team pick by the media and the coaches, Winston led Michigan State, and ranked third in the Big Ten, in scoring with 18.6 points per game and was fourth in the league with 5.9 assists. He led the league in 3-point field goal percentage (43.2%), was second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (85.2%), eighth in field goal percentage (44.8%) and tied for seventh in the league in steals (1.2)
He was one of just seven Division I players who averaged at least 18.0 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Winston finished his Michigan State career ranked sixth all-time with 1,969 points and is the all-time leader in assists at MSU and in the Big Ten Conference with 894.
He is one of only four players in Division I history to score at least 1,900 points and hand out at least 850 assists.