I was at the UofD v Brother Rice basketball game last night and got to see Class of 2016 PG Cassius Winston, who has seen interest from Michigan, and already holds an MSU offer. This kid is going to be big time. He finished with 39 points in about 3 quarters worth of PT in an 83-54 drubbing of Brother Rice. He had 29 points at halftime, to the 28 Brother Rice had as a team. The unbelievable part is that he had 11 3 pointers in the game on 11-16 shooting!! And 3 of those misses came in the 4th quarter after he realized he had a shot to get 40 and the coach put him back in just to reach that milestone. He was 9-10 from deep in the first half. The best of the threes was on a step back that looked identical to the Stauskas shot from the Wisconsin game. I kid you not when I say he did not hit the rim once on any of those makes. I have NEVER seen anyone that hot in a basketball game, let alone a sophomore.
In addition to the show from deep, Winston displayed great court vision with a few nice feeds into the post and deep passes, and had a nasty crossover to get an open midrange jumper, which he nailed.
The interesting part is that if you looked at UofD's team without knowing which one was the phenom Winston, you would literally think it must be ANY of the other 4 starters, because he just doesn't look the part. He's very gangly with a bit of a loping stride, which indicates to me that he'll probably grow another 3-4 inches and fill out significantly. I'm really hoping he winds up being one of the early 2016 offers for Michigan.
Highlights from a different game this year, with Beilein in the house:
And a link to a paywalled article from the summer regarding his interactions with the M staff, for those of you with subscriptions. He basically says he's very interested and loves the development of the PG position at Michigan.
He's ranked 27th nationally by the 247 Composite.