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 also considered Pittsburgh and Stanford, with Michigan fading from consideration earlier this month.
“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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Class of 2016 point guard Cassius Winston will announce his college decision on Friday, Sept. 18, the Michigan native tweeted on Friday night. The 6-foot-0 Winston is one of the premier floor generals in the country and he’s currently rated as the No. 28 overall player in the Class of 2016.
Winston has taken official visits to Stanford, Pitt and Michigan State during the recruiting process and Michigan was recently dropped from his list.
Limited to 14 games with The Family in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer because of a broken wrist, Winston averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. The guard also shot 47 percent from the field, 79 percent from the free-throw line and 41 percent from the 3-point line during that stretch.
While the in-state Spartans appear to be the favorite here, this is an intriguing recruitment since Winston’s final three spans across the country in three unique conferences. If Winston does opt to stay in Michigan and play for head coach Tom Izzo, the Spartans will have commitments from three major pieces as they try to reel in five-star wing Miles Bridges, a teammate of Winston’s on The Family.
Both Winston and Bridges are taking their official visits to Michigan State this weekend as the college football world focuses on the Spartans’ top-ten clash with visiting Oregon.
Just a couple days removed from taking his first official visit, one of the top power forwards in the Class of 2016 has reportedly cut his school list to six.
As first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Javin DeLaurier has narrowed his school list to Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas. DeLaurier, who played alongside Kentucky commit Sacha Killeya-Jones at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships on the Team Loaded VA team that won the event, took an official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend.
Also of note in the report is that DeLaurier has three other official visits set up: Texas this upcoming weekend, Stanford beginning October 10 and Duke beginning October 24.
Notre Dame, which also hosted commits T.J. Gibbs and John Mooney during the football team’s shellacking of Texas, has to account for the eventual loss of two seniors in its front court in Zach Auguste and Austin Burgett. Add in the fact that the Fighting Irish did not add a scholarship freshman to its front court in the Class of 2015, and it’s understandable that Mooney and DeLaurier would be important recruiting targets for them.
Texas, which like Notre Dame did not bring in a big man in its 2015 recruiting class, has three seniors in its front court in Connor Lammert, Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh. Stanford and Duke have seniors in their respective front courts, but they also have some young players to build with. The Cardinal added Josh Sharma to a group that includes sophomores Michael Humphrey and Reid Travis, and Duke has Rice transfer Sean Obi and freshman Chase Jeter on board.
Arizona (three seniors) and North Carolina (two seniors, two juniors) are both in positions similar to that of Notre Dame and Texas, as they have multiple upperclassmen in their respective front court rotations entering the 2015-16 campaign. It should be noted that in the case of Arizona the Wildcats added multiple freshmen to their front court rotation (Ray Smith and Chance Comanche), while North Carolina (which received a commitment from Tony Bradley Jr. last week) adds just one in Luke Maye.