Cassius Winston’s future coach at Michigan State, Tom Izzo, describes him as “the straw that stirs the drink … he can make other people around him better.”
Winston has been showing that since he joined the varsity at Detroit Jesuit as a freshman. He came off the bench for the first few games before an injury opened a spot for him in the starting lineup and he has been a starter ever since.
He averaged 16 points a game his first season and improved to 17 as a sophomore, 21.5 as a junior and 22.5 as a senior. This season he also averaged 5.2 assists and 6.8 rebounds.
Winston led Detroit Jesuit to a No. 6 final ranking in the Super 25, Class A state title and a 28-0 record. He was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan and now will conclude his high school career at the Jordan Brand Classic.
Winston received a banner for his school this week during the Jordan Brand Classic Senior Night presented by American Family Insurance, surrounded by his teammates and family. The Jordan Brand Classic is April 15 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“This year I became more of a leader,” he said. “Last year was more that I was going to play my game and try to win the game like that. This year I’m trying to bring everyone with me so everyone plays at my level and my competition.
“You kind of have to build the culture that everyone has to work, has to come hard to play hard every day. It’s hard to build that kind of culture in young kids like that.”
Contributing: Detroit Free Press