Cassius Winston

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Cassius Winston
Cassius Winston MSU (cropped).jpg
Winston with Michigan State in 2020
No. 5 – Washington Wizards
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1998-02-28) February 28, 1998 (age 24)
Detroit, Michigan, US
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolUniversity of Detroit Jesuit
(Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan State (2016–2020)
NBA draft2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Playing career2020–present
Career history
2020–presentWashington Wizards
2021Erie BayHawks
2021–presentCapital City Go-Go
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Cassius Winston (born February 28, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Capital City Go-Go of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans.

High school career

Winston, a 6'1 point guard, was a star prep player at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy in Detroit. As a senior in 2016, he led his team to an MHSAA Class A State Championship, and was named Mr. Basketball of Michigan.[1] Winston was inducted into the Catholic High School League Hall of Fame in 2020.[citation needed]

Recruiting

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Cassius Winston
PG
Detroit, MI University of Detroit Jesuit (MI) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Sep 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 29  247Sports: 31  ESPN: 31
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 1, 2019.

College career

Winston in February 2020

He chose to attend college at Michigan State,[2] and averaged 6.7 points and 5.2 assists per game in 35 games as a freshman.[3] As a sophomore, he became a full-time starter, averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 assists per game for the Spartans, and earning third-team All-Big Ten Conference honors.[4]

Entering into Winston's junior season, he was selected to the preseason All-Big Ten team.[5] After a strong start to the year, he was named to the midseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.[6]

On March 11, 2019, Winston was named the Big Ten Player of the Year.[7] On March 31, 2019, Winston scored 20 points along with 10 assists in a 68–67 win against Duke in the Elite Eight of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.[8]

Prior to the start of the 2019–20 season, Winston was unanimously named a preseason All-American by the Associated Press (AP), the only player so honored.[9] On December 29, Winston missed a game against Western Michigan with a bone bruise in his knee.[10] He scored a career-high 32 points along with nine assists in a 87–69 win over Michigan on January 5, 2020.[11] Winston passed Mateen Cleaves' Big Ten record of 816 assists on January 17, in a win against Wisconsin.[12] At the close of the regular season, Winston was named to the First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.[13] Winston averaged 18.3 points and 5.9 assists per game as a senior.[14]

Professional career

Washington Wizards (2020–present)

On November 18, 2020, Winston was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 53rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. His rights were subsequently traded to the Washington Wizards and on November 28, 2020, he was signed to a two-way contract.[15] However, since Washington's affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go withdrew from the tournament, he was assigned to the Erie BayHawks for the NBA G League season, making his debut on February 10, 2021.

On August 19, 2021, Winston signed a second two-way contract with the Wizards.[16] He appeared in 7 games for the Wizards during the 2021-2022 regular season.[17]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2020–21 Washington 22 0 4.5 .424 .471 .833 .4 .5 .1 .0 1.9
2021–22 Washington 7 0 5.6 .364 .333 1.000 .1 1.0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 29 0 4.7 .409 .435 .900 .3 .7 .1 .0 1.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2021 Washington 1 0 5.0 .333 .000 2.0 1.0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 1 0 5.0 .333 .000 2.0 1.0 .0 .0 2.0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Michigan State 35 5 20.7 .423 .380 .775 1.8 5.2 .7 .1 6.7
2017–18 Michigan State 35 34 28.1 .507 .497 .900 3.4 6.9 .7 .1 12.6
2018–19 Michigan State 39 39 33.5 .460 .398 .840 3.0 7.5 1.0 .1 18.8
2019–20 Michigan State 30 30 32.7 .448 .432 .852 2.5 5.9 1.2 .0 18.6
Career 139 108 28.8 .461 .430 .845 2.7 6.4 .9 .1 14.2

Personal life

Winston has two younger brothers, Zachary and Khy, who played basketball at Albion College. On November 9, 2019, Zachary Winston was killed after being struck by a train.[18]

See also

References

  1. ^ McCabe, Mick (March 21, 2016). "Cassius Winston named Michigan's Mr. Basketball". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ O’Donnell, Ricky (September 18, 2015). "4-star PG Cassius Winston commits to Michigan State, puts Tom Izzo on brink of his best recruiting class ever". SBNation.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Solari, Chris (June 13, 2017). "MSU's Cassius Winston plans summer packed with court time". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Austin, Kyle (January 18, 2019). "Michigan State's Cassius Winston's recent play could make him a Big Ten Player of the Year contender". NCAA.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ Austin, Kyle (October 10, 2018). "Preseason writers poll predicts Big 10 conference win for MSU, second for Michigan". MLive. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Sullivan, Crowley (January 10, 2019). "Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 - Is Cassius Properly Positioned?". USA Today. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Charboneau, Matt (March 11, 2019). "Michigan State's Cassius Winston named Big Ten Player of Year; Tillman top sixth man". The Detroit News. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Michigan State knocks off Duke 68-67 to make Final Four". ESPN. Associated Press. March 31, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Marshall, John (October 22, 2019). "Michigan State basketball Cassius Winston: Only consensus preseason AP All-American". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Michigan State's Cassius Winston out with bone bruise in knee". ESPN. Associated Press. December 29, 2019. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Solari, Chris (January 5, 2020). "Michigan State basketball witnessed quintessential Cassius Winston; so did Michigan". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "Cassius Winston's 817th career assist breaks former fellow Spartan Mateen Cleaves' record". ESPN. January 17, 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  13. ^ "Big Ten Unveils Men's Basketball Postseason Honors on BTN" (Press release). Big Ten Conference. March 9, 2020. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  14. ^ Dauster, Rob (March 10, 2020). "NBC Sports College Basketball All-American Teams". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  15. ^ "Wizards sign Winston to two-way contract". NBA.com. November 28, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  16. ^ Gauruder, Dana (August 20, 2021). "Wizards Re-Sign Cassius Winston To Two-Way Deal". HoopsRumors.com. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  17. ^ "Cassius Winston Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  18. ^ Borzello, Jeff (November 10, 2019). "Cassius Winston stars in Michigan State's win a day after death of brother". ESPN. Retrieved November 11, 2019.

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