Michigan State coach Tom Izzo doesn’t put many of his players in the same sentence as Spartans legend Magic Johnson.
But that’s what Izzo did when talking about freshman point guard Cassius Winston on Thursday. The longtime head coach told reporters that he thought Winston could be the best Michigan State passer since Johnson when he saw him play as a sophomore in high school.
“Two weeks of practice has not changed my opinion,” Izzo added.
Winston, a 4-star guard from Detroit, was ranked the No. 33 prospect nationally in the 2016 class, as well as the nation’s No. 5 point guard and the No. 2 player from the state of Michigan. He clearly has a ton of potential, considering Izzo is referencing the true freshman in the same sentence as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
For the record, here is a quick refresher on Magic Johnson’s East Lansing accomplishments:
- Averaged 17.1 points, 7.9 assists and 7.6 rebounds over two seasons
- 1979 national championship
- 1979 Final Four Most Outstanding Player
- Beat Larry Bird’s Indiana State team in 1979 championship game in most-watched college basketball game in history
- 2006 inductee into College Basketball Hall of Fame (inaugural class)