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Winston selects Michigan State over Pitt and Stanford; Winston and his family said trust in Tom Izzo was paramount

Basketball   | Tom Markowski

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Detroit – What’s refreshing about U-D Jesuit senior Cassius Winston’s decision to play for coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State is that it came down to trust.

There wasn't any talk about playing in the NBA or anything like that at Friday's news conference held at U-D.

Winston’s parents, Reggie (he prefers Reg) and Wendi, trust Izzo. In turn Izzo trusts Cassius that he will remain true to his commitment and sign his letter-of-intent in November. And Cassius trusts that Izzo will push him to be the best basketball player, and more importantly, the best person, he can be.

Winston is a 6-1 guard who has started every game for coach Pat Donnelly since his freshman year. Even as a freshman Winston was one of