The 2018-19 CBS Sports College Basketball Awards:
Player of the Year: Zion Williamson (Duke)
Coach of the Year: Chris Beard (Texas Tech)
First Team All-Americans:
* Cassius Winston
* Ja Morant
* RJ Barrett
* Grant Williams
* Zion Williamson
CBS Sports All-America First Team
Ja Morant, Murray State
Morant made his impact on Murray State in a litany of ways. But his scoring and distributing ability stood head and shoulders above the field to earn him First Team honors. He became the first player since the NCAA recognized the assist as an official stat in 1983-1984 to average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game in a single season with his 24.5 points and 10.0 assists average.
Cassius Winston, Michigan State
Winston was the Big Ten's best player all season. And on a team that won the Big Ten regular season despite injuries to numerous key players, it did not go unnoticed that he was the most vital constant. Winston averaged 18.9 points and 7.6 assists on the season for the Spartans, and he's keying the team's run to the Final Four.
RJ Barrett, Duke
What Barrett accomplished alongside Zion Williamson was incredible. He thrived as a scorer and distributor in Duke's system. As a freshman, he averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, leading Duke to a No. 1 overall seed with his scoring and distributing abilities.
Grant Williams, Tennessee
Tennessee's best season in program history was in large part a tribute to Williams and his contributions. Williams, the two-time SEC Player of the Year, put up 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Vols, leading them to within one game of winning the conference for the first time since 1979. Williams was a tremendous inside presence who expanded his game beyond the 3-point line this season to become one of the most unguardable players in college basketball.
Zion Williamson, Duke
Williamson was more than just a dunker. He was a tremendously efficient scorer, a great rim-protector, and rebounder. He finished the season No. 2 in college basketball in field goal percentage, No. 1 in PER and No. 1 in box plus/minus. The sport may never see a specimen like Williamson again.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
There were strong candidates under consideration, such as Purdue's Matt Painter, Tennessee's Rick Barnes, Houston's Kelvin Sampson and Virginia's Tony Bennett. But Texas Tech coach Chris Beard wins out for us because he has:
Guided Texas Tech to its first Final Four in school history
Did so after losing six of his top seven scorers from a season ago
Won the Big 12 regular season title for the first time in school history
Won the Big 12 regular season title, helping snap Kansas' famed 14-year streak
Won the Big 12 after being picked seventh in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll
Coached Jarrett Culver into an All-American and helped turn him into a probable top-10 NBA pick
Set a school record for most wins in a season (30, and possibly counting)
Beard, 46, has done this in just his third season at Texas Tech and only his fourth season as a Division I head coach. And in the NCAA Tournament, TTU beat 30-win Michigan, 32-win Buffalo and 33-win Gonzaga by an average of 15 points.