Between the third and fourth quarters of Saturday’s Class A boys basketball state championship game, U-D Jesuit’s Cassius Winston was presented with the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award.
Before the ceremony, Winston slipped a T-shirt on over his jersey and the T-shirt said: “Arin, prom?” It was Winston’s way of asking Arin Bell to the U-D Jesuit prom.
Bell is a senior at Farmington Hills Mercy who stayed at home to help care for her grandfather, who is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
But she was watching the game on TV and saw Winston and the T-shirt.
“I started crying, I was a little embarrassed,” she said Sunday. “On Friday he told me he was going to ask me if he won the game. I was like, ‘Oh, don’t do it, Cassius,’ but he did it anyway.”
Bell knew the invitation was coming, but she was startled by the timing.
“I thought it was going to happen after the game,” she said. “I didn’t know he was going to do it that publicly. It was really nice.”
A friend of Bell’s in the U-D student section called her and asked if she saw the invitation.
“I told him I saw it,” she said, “and I told him to tell him yes for me.”
Bell is trying to decide among Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, but said she is leaning toward MSU, where Winston will be a freshman in the fall.
She is also leaning toward asking Winston to attend the Mercy prom, but her invitation likely won’t be on televised.
“I’m going to make a sign,” she said.
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