As Michigan and Michigan State look to fill out their 2016 basketball recruiting classes, they’re focusing on a few of the same targets.
One of the most important is U-D Jesuit point guard Cassius Winston. Ranked as the nation’s No. 28 overall recruit and a four-star prospect, Winston reportedly scheduled his five official visits, ending with the Spartans and Wolverines.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman announced the dates, with the MSU visit coming Sept. 12, the weekend of the home football game against Oregon, and U-M getting the final impression Sept. 19, at the UNLV football game.
@cassiuswinston official visit schedule: Stanford (8-7) Pittsburgh (8-30) Harvard (9-4 - tentative), Michigan St. (9-12) Michigan (9-19).— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 28, 2015
For Michigan, Winston would be next in the point guard lineage from Darius Morris to Trey Burke to current starter Derrick Walton Jr. U-M desperately needs some type of point guard in next year’s class, as Spike Albrecht will be gone and Walton will be a senior.
U-M already has big men Austin Davis and Jon Teske committed in the 2016 class (five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle decommitted and pledged to Syracuse). The Wolverines have widened their net this summer, looking at a number of point guards. Being local and the highest-ranked, Winston is believed to the be the top priority.
Winston and Flint native Miles Bridges — who could end up as a top-10 player in the class after a dominant summer — are close friends and play for the same AAU team. Bridges reportedly said that the two could play together in college, and both are strongly considering U-M and MSU, their only schools in common.
Players in the 2016 class can sign a national letter of intent as soon as November.
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