The Washington Wizards traded back in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft to select point guard Cassius Winston out of Michigan State. While many were high on what Winston could bring to an NBA team, no analysis or compliment may mean more than what Hall of Famer Magic Johnson had to say about the 22-year-old.
"In this year's NBA Draft, the best leader at any position is MSU's point guard @cassiuswinston," Johnson said on Twitter Monday. "With 18 points per game, 6 assists, and a basketball IQ off the charts, he's an ultimate winner!!"
It should be mentioned that Magic was a heck of a Spartan guard as well. During his time in East Lansing, Magic was a consensus All-American, averaged 17.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.6 assists, and captured an NCAA Championship in the 1978-79 season.
Magic went on to double down on his assessment of Winston Thursday after "Cash Money" was selected by the Wizards with the 53rd pick via a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"Congratulations to one of the greatest leaders and men in Spartan history, @cassiuswinston, for getting drafted by a great organization OKC! #GoGreenGoWhite."
In four seasons at Michigan State, Winston averaged 14.2 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds while most notably earning Big Ten Player of the Year in 2019, alongside two First Team All-Big-Ten honors (2019, 2020).