2016-2017 Stats: 6.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 5.2 apg
Why They Are Here
Heading into his sophomore year at Michigan St, a lot can be expected from Cassius Winston, who showed great promise as a floor general in his freshman campaign. Winston, a Detroit product, is a capable scorer but has a pass-first mentality. His ability to find the open man is underrated in the Big Ten, mainly because of his tendency to turn the ball over. However, he saw a lot of time on the court his freshman year, and with maturity and experience, his turnover numbers will decrease.
Role on This Year’s Team
Much like the 2016-2017 season, Winston will work mainly as a facilitator for the Spartans. As a freshman, he posted a team high 5.2 assists per game, which also ranked in the top 40 in the nation. With current stars Miles Bridges and Nick Ward returning and a star studded recruiting class, Winston should have no problem averaging even more assists per game than last season.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Winston has NBA potential, but certainly not after his sophomore year at Michigan State. He has a specific skill set that allows for future draft considerations, including a superb basketball IQ and the ability to frequently get his teammates involved, but he needs to build his frame and gain maturity to get attention from NBA scouts. After four years of growth under Tom Izzo, Winston will definitely be capable of making himself a potential draft pick.
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