On the same day the the Michigan State University Spartan basketball team lost one player to the NBA, the program’s best player says he’s coming back for his final year.
Junior Cassius Winston, a first team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year, today said he is coming back for his senior season.
In a statement released by the university, Winston said, “It will always be my goal to play in the NBA, but that’s a dream that can wait a year.”
The Detroit native averaged a team-high 18.8 points and 7.5 assists while starting every game and playing more minutes than anyone, 33.5 per game.
“Cassius and I had some great talks after the season,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said in a press release. “Our relationship has grown throughout his career, and this process has only taken it to another level.”
Earlier in the day Spartan junior forward Nick Ward said he is giving up his senior year to enter the NBA draft.
Izzo has confirmed that he had recommended both Winston and Ward submit their names for the upcoming draft.