5 things to know about second-round pick Cassius Winston


The Wizards acquired - via a trade with Oklahoma City - Cassius Winston in the second round of the NBA draft of Wednesday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizard:

1. Cassius Winston is an elite player and one of the household names within this NBA Draft class. At Michigan State, he never shied away from the big moment and has been the face of the program since he became a starter. Twice he was named a consensus All-American and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2019. 

2. Winston is a household name because he is older, much older than all the prospects that will be taken ahead of him on draft night. He's 22, not the typical age of first-round draftees. Rarely do four-year guys have the option of getting drafted in the first-round with Buddy Hield being one of the few outliers. Winston suited up for the maximum four years at Michigan State. This could be a hindrance for some teams wanting to develop young talent.

3. Already, the point guard is entering one Hall of Fame. Later this year he will become a member of the Catholic High School League Hall of Fame. In Michigan, he went to the University of Detriot Jesuit High School where he led his team to a state championship and was named Mr. Basketball of Michigan. 



4. The biggest asset of Winston's game is his basketball IQ. Even during this season when Michigan State won a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, head coach Tom Izzo said he relies on Winston's leadership to help get the team to where they needed to be. Winston always makes the right decision and has a history of winning at a high level. Through his experience, he is also fully developed in several aspects of the game. What you see is what you get. 

5. Winston is also a phenomenal shooter that will lead him to success at any level.  Throughout his entire college career, he shot an outstanding 43% from 3-point range and 85% from the free-throw line. Shooting translates well. Point guard is the only position he's really ever known - and where he is best utilized - but could be a great off-ball shooter.