It will surely be an emotional scene at Breslin Center on Sunday when the Michigan State Spartans host the Ohio State Buckeyes in the regular season finale.
It will be special in particular for senior guard Cassius Winston, who will be donning the Spartans jersey for the final time in a home game in East Lansing. Fellow seniors Kyle Ahrens, Joshua Langford and Conner George will also be suiting up for the last time in a regular season game.
You can also bet it will be a special moment for head coach Tom Izzo, who spoke at length about how he feels about Winston.
“Cassius Winston is definitely one of the college basketball players in the country,” Izzo said. “And there’s not one human being in this room, including me, who could have done what he’s done and what he’s gone through. We forget that. We all do. I do sometimes, and that’s why I did an average job coaching him half the year. I think thanks to his family, thanks to him, thanks to myself. … I just got a job to do and it’s been very difficult for him, very difficult. But he’s shown his true colors, man
“I love him. So I’ll go hug and kiss him and see if someone puts that on camera then.”
Winston has helped the Spartans to two Big Ten titles, and is also the reigning Big Ten player of the year. The adversity he also had to deal with this season after the tragic death of his brother is a true testament to his work ethic and drive to be the best he can be.
“It’s been a hell of a journey,” Winston said. “I don’t know what it’s gonna feel like. I guess you won’t know until the time comes.”
– – Quotes via Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News Link – –