A Tribute to College Basketball’s Most Impactful Seniors

A Tribute to College Basketball's Most Impactful Seniors

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Carter Mitchell, Staff Writer

With the College Basketball season having come to an early and unfortunate end it means we will never be able to see some of the sport’s future legends suit up for their schools ever again. I chose to highlight the four seniors that I believe had the biggest impact on their school and the game of college basketball.

 

Myles Powell, Guard, Seton Hall

The Big East player of the year and first-team All American electrified the college basketball game. You were often in awe watching Powell hit shots from Trenton (as Gus Johnson liked to call it). This season Myles averaged 21 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game and was the clear leader of a Seton Hall team who won a share of the Big East regular-season championship and was ranked all season long. He is the third-leading scorer in program history and probably would have ended up second if he got to finish his senior season. Powell was also a person with an impact off the court and in the Seton Hall Community. You would always see Myles staying after home games signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. Powell will go down as a Seton Hall and college basketball legend.

 

Cassius Winston, Guard, Michigan State

Cassius is one of the best point guards in recent college basketball memory. This season, Winston averaged nearly 19 points per game and 6 assists per game and is the all-time assist leader in the Big Ten. The leader of Michigan State led the Spartans to 3 Big Ten Regular Season Championships and a final four in his four years lighting up the Breslin Center. Earlier this season, Cassius lost his brother Zach to suicide and still suited up and played later that evening in an essentially meaningless non-conference game vs. Binghamton. His greatness wasn’t just on the court though, his contributions to the Michigan State community were monumental. He put everything he had into the game of basketball and should be remembered for his legendary career and accomplishments.

 

Markus Howard, Guard, Marquette

The best scorer in all of college basketball, Howard could shoot the ball like nobody else and from way past the three point line. Howard led the nation in scoring averaging nearly 28 points per game and shot the three-ball at a 41% clip which was good enough for first-team All American selection . He holds almost every scoring record for not only Marquette but also the big east conference capable of going for 40 plus points on any night. Howard wasn’t only a great leader on the court but also an impactful member of the Marquette community participating in community service and founding the FCA at Marquette. Markus should be remembered as one of the best scorers in college basketball history and for his legendary career. 

 

Payton Pritchard, Guard, Oregon

The PAC-12 Player of the Year and first-team All American was a treat to watch over his career. Pritchard has anchored the Ducks for years and was single-handedly responsible for keeping them in a ton of games this season. This season he averaged over 20 points per game and 5 assists per game while shooting over 46% from the field. His leadership on the court was a significant factor in the success of Oregon over the past few years. He led them to multiple PAC-12 titles and a final four in his freshman season. Pritchard will be remembered as an all-time great at Oregon and as one of the best leaders in college basketball history.