Michigan State lands four-star point guard

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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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