With shooting guard Josh Langford and power forward Nick Ward having already committed, Michigan State is well on its way to putting together one of the top classes in the Class of 2016. Things got even better for head coach Tom Izzo and his staff Friday, as four-star point guard Cassius Winston announced that he’ll be a Spartan.
Winston, who attends University of Detroit Jesuit HS, made the decision at a school pep rally and he gives Michigan State a player more than capable of running the show at the point. Winston, who played for The Family grassroots program, missed time this spring with a broken wrist but is now back to full strength.
“Winston is an immense pickup for Michigan State as he’s a talented in-state product who can score or make other players around him better,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said of the newest Spartan. “A plus shooter with good feel, Winston should give some immediate help on the ball for the Spartans.”
Winston (and Langford) will join a backcourt that currently has sophomore Tum Tum Nairn as its lone point guard (senior Denzel Valentine will see some time at the point this season, as well). West Virginia transfer Eron Harris and freshman Matt McQuaid will also have eligibility remaining beyond the 2015-16 season.
And with five-star small forward Miles Bridges still on the board, what’s already a very good recruiting class would become even better should Michigan State manage to reel him in. Bridges took his official visit to Michigan State last weekend, as did Winston.
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Report: 2016 point guard Myles Powell trims list to five
One of the top guards in the Northeast, Myles Powell has been on the receiving end of recruiting attention from more than a few top programs. Thursday night it was reported by SNY.tv that Powell, who will finish his high school career at South Kent Prep in Connecticut, has cut his list from eight schools to five.
The five schools that remain on the list are Connecticut, DePaul, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and VCU. Georgetown, Georgia Tech and Saint Joseph’s, which were on the list Powell revealed in late July after playing for the Playaz Basketball Club (NJ), are the three programs that did not make the cut.
UConn, which will lose three seniors from its backcourt at the end of the 2015-16 season, has already landed one point guard in the Class of 2016 in Georgia native Alterique Gilbert. The Huskies also have freshman Jalen Adams, but playing multiple point guards at the same time has been something that head coach Kevin Ollie has been more than willing to do since he’s taken over the program.
DePaul has also landed a guard in the Class of 2016 (Devin Gage), but with players such as Billy Garrett Jr., Darick Wood and Aaron Simpson all being upperclassmen there’s a need for depth moving forward. Pittsburgh, which has a senior point guard in James Robinson, has a need to address at the position especially with Josh Newkirk’s decision to transfer to Indiana.
Seton Hall is young on the perimeter, with Kansas State transfer Jevon Thomas sitting out this season, but they also have a need to fill at the point and landing Powell would help in that regards. The Pirates will be led on the perimeter this season by sophomores Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington and grad student Derrick Gordon. As for VCU, the Rams may not have a senior at the point, but Powell’s perimeter shooting ability would help them account for the eventual loss of senior shooting guard Melvin Johnson.
According to the report, Powell will begin setting up official visits in the very near future.
Three-star 2016 power forward Kevin Marfo trims list to ten
Playing with the BABC grassroots program, 2016 power forward Kevin Marfo put together a month of July that led to more than a few high-major programs looking to get involved in his recruitment. Sunday ot was reported by ESPN.com that the 6-foot-8 Marfo has trimmed his school list down to ten.
The schools still in the running for Marfo’s commitment are Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, Saint Joseph’s, DePaul, George Washington, Rhode Island and Providence.
Marfo attends Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, where he plays for head coach Jamie Sullivan. On the Nike EYBL circuit this spring/summer, Marfo averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.