Cassius Winston, the top-rated junior recruit in the state, will take a break from the off-season basketball circuit for the next six weeks or so, after breaking his left wrist at a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event last week in Houston.
Winston, 6-feet-1, helped U-D Jesuit reach the Class A semifinals the last two seasons and averaged 22.4 points, 7.1 assists and 5.2 rebounds in earning Free Press Dream Team all-state honors.
“You know how you go up for a lay-up, get hit and come down and try to catch yourself coming down? That’s what happened,” said his father, Reginald Winston. “They didn’t have to reset it. They put a cast on it just to support it. So it’s not a severe break; he won’t need surgery.”
A follow-up visit next week will reveal the extent of the injury and will determine if Winston will play any basketball this summer.
Winston was off to a terrific start this spring, leading the EYBL in scoring after the first few events.
“The silver lining is that he played all the way to the final four,” said his father, “and the following week he started AAU so basically, this gives him a chance to just rest so that’s a good thing.”
Winston is a high-priority recruit for both Michigan State and Michigan, but his father said his son has yet to narrow his list of schools to a final five.
Sam Webb of scout.com tweeted that Winston is in Ann Arbor, visiting the Wolverines today.
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