Former Michigan State PG Cassius Winston selected in 2020 NBA Draft

During his time at Michigan State, Cassius Winston grew into one of the best point guards in Big Ten history.

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On Wednesday night, Winston’s hard work paid off as he was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder and then traded to the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft.

From ESPN:

– One of the most polished pick-and-roll point guards in the draft. Sets up screens really well. Plays at his own pace. Soft touch on lobs.
– Punishes teams for going under ball screens. Loves to pull up from 3 in transition. Great touch in midrange spots and comfortable shooting off the catch. Hit 43% from 3 on more than 600 collegiate attempts.
– Three-year starter who is ready to help an NBA team immediately.

Improvement areas
– Not the most physically imposing prospect at around 6-foot-1, with a somewhat pudgy frame. Decent length relative to his height but nothing spectacular.
– Likely to struggle defensively against bigger NBA guards.
– Can get to his pull-up in pick-and-roll but doesn’t create space consistently against athletes. Crafty finisher, but he could have trouble against NBA rim protectors.

Projected role: Skilled backup PG

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