Cassius Winston is the ultimate Spartan.
Since his freshman year, Winston’s calling card has been that he made players around him better, but now that he’s on the verge of being drafted into the NBA.
“It’s something I’ve been dreaming for, something I’ve been working for and something I feel like I made happen,” Cassius Winston said.
The path to the @NBA Draft has been something special for @cassiuswinston.
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The change in his game and his body is a marvel. Coming to Michigan State, Winston wasn’t the most heralded recruit of his class, but the work he put in over his four years in East Lansing, along with the countless buckets and memories, have him among the greats to have ever played there.
“I think Michigan State was kind of the perfect match, the perfect environment, perfect situation,” Winston added.
Winston is the all-time assists leader in the Big Ten, a record that hadn’t been broken since fellow Spartan Mateen Cleaves set it in 2000, but now, as Winston sits on the edge of his seat awaiting to hear his name in the draft, he can’t help but get excited about what’s next.
“I’ve been working for this for a long time, you’re working to go to the NBA, you’re working to be able to play in the NBA, but this year that’s next, we’re finally here, this is actually what’s about to happen,” Winston added.
And as far as where he’ll end up? That’s anybody’s guess, but the Pistons are in search of a new point guard, and that possibility has crossed Winston’s mind.
“I love the city, I love the crib, any chance I could go there to help the crib, help Detroit, I would love that opportunity so if it has to be the Pistons I definitely wouldn’t be mad at all,” Winston said.