Tom Izzo is one of the best basketball coaches on the face of the planet and whenever he talks his opinion is respected. He heaped glowing praise on four-star 2016 Michigan State point guard commit Cassius Winston and called him the best high school passer since Magic Johnson when talking to the media.
U of D coach Patrick Donnelly said Izzo said Winston is the best HS passer he has seen since Magic.
— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) September 18, 2015
Johnson is one of the best basketball players in the history of the game and the greatest player to come through Michigan State. Izzo is putting quite a bit of pressure on Winston to succeed at the next level, but he obviously believes that his young point guard is more than capable of shouldering that burden. There is no denying that Winston is an amazing passer, but it’s still hard to believe that Izzo said what he did.
Take a look at a highlight mixtape of Winston and see the talent that he possesses for yourself:
It will be very intriguing to see what type of career Winston has after these comments from his next head coach. He is a very hard worker and has been steadily rising in the prospect rankings and will be a huge part of Michigan State basketball for the foreseeable future. Winston could end up bolting for the NBA fairly quickly if he does end up being as good as Izzo is hyping him up to be.
That being said, Michigan State fans should begin getting excited to see Winston on the court next year. He will likely see playing time immediately to start his college career, especially if he makes the leap forward that many expect from him during his senior high school season.
Expect to see Winston rise to the occasion and become an absolute star with Michigan State. If he’s willing to allow Izzo to mold his game, the sky is the limit for his potential.
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