Michigan State guard Cassius Winston enjoyed a breakout junior campaign that earned him tons of accolades en route to a Final Four appearance. With the NBA Draft on his radar, Winston has made a decision on his NBA future.
On Friday, Winston announced that he would return to Michigan State for his senior year. The announcement comes after a career-year with the Spartans.
Winston averaged a team-leading 18.8 points per game and 7.5 assists per game last season. For his efforts, Winston earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors and was named a consensus Second-Team All-American.
He had arguably the best performance of his career in a 68-67 win over No. 1 Duke in the Elite Eight, posting a 20-point, 10-assist double-double in the win.
Cassius Winston makes it official: He will return to Michigan State. Makes the Spartans Final Four and national title contenders.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 19, 2019
The Spartans will certainly be happy to have Winston back after such a strong season.
With Winston on the roster, the team will almost certainly be favored to win the Big Ten title and should also be one of the favorites to win their first NCAA title since 2000.
The team will be without star forward Nick Ward though. The 21-year-old who was the team’s third-leading scorer last season decided to forego his senior season to enter the NBA Draft.