Michigan State signee Cassius Winston selected to Jordan Brand Classic

Michigan State signee Cassius Winston selected to Jordan Brand Classic

Jordan Brand Classic

Michigan State signee Cassius Winston selected to Jordan Brand Classic

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(Photo: University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy/Courtesy)

Cassius Winston (Photo: University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy)

Michigan State was thrilled to receive Cassius Winston’s signature via fax last November, and the 2016 point guard out of Detroit got some good news of his own in the mail Tuesday when notified of his invitation to the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game.

“It was on my radar,” Winston said of the game. “I was definitely excited. It was one of my goals that I had set and I finally accomplished it.”

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The 6-foot-1, 188-pound point guard will join fellow 2016 Michigan State signee Miles Bridges, who was selected to play in the game last month. Winston said he heard from Bridges Tuesday shortly after learning he had been picked.

“He said ‘Congratulations,’ and that I deserved it,” Winston said.

The Jordan Brand Classic will take place April 15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Winston, ranked the No. 2 prospect in the state of Michigan and No. 5 point guard in the nation according to the 247Sports composite, has made it to Breslin Center for several MSU games this season and cites a thrilling January win over Maryland as the highlight thus far. He’s been able to watch nearly every game on television or in person and said a few things stick out about these Spartans.

“They play as a team. There’s no one individual all the time,” Winston said. “I kind of try to look at what my place will be on the team. Just out there pushing the ball on the break, getting other people involved.”

NBA All-Star and former Spartan Draymond Green checked in on the future MSU point guard during Jesuit’s blowout win over Brother Rice last month, a welcome reminder of why Winston ended up picking MSU in the first place.

“It’s just a part of that Spartan family that everyone comes back and shows support and shows love,” Winston said. “A whole big part of me is family oriented, so when I went (to visit MSU), everyone acted like family and it was a perfect fit.”

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