One of the top players in the state of Michigan in the class of 2016, U of D (Mich.) Jesuit point guard Cassius Winston took yet another unofficial visit up to Ann Arbor this past weekend. Competing in the Wolverines one day College Practice Camp a week prior, Winston and his father made the short drive Saturday to get a better feel for the Wolverine’s program and the coaching staff.
“We went up there and met with the entire coaching staff, took a tour of the campus, took us by the athletic academic center, the business school, and got to sit and eat with the coaches,” Winston’s father told GoBlueWolverine. “We watched some film and coach Beilein explained to us his overview of his system with the point guard and that was interesting.”
The success of former Michigan point guard Trey Burke, reigning National Player of the Year in college basketball, peaks the interest of the Winston’s and the Wolverines were well equipped with not only a video display of the future NBA lottery pick, but also instruction on some of the drill work implemented during practice settings.
“Coach Jordan showed us some of the things they used working with Trey Burke in his development, some drills that they worked on, and how it implemented into some of the game play,” said Winston’s father. “That was a positive. Explaining how to use the point guard in their system was good. I think Cassius liked that. The point guard has the ball in his hands and I think Cassius liked that a lot.”
Still three years away from graduating high school, the visit with the Wolverines served one main purpose -- building a good rapport with the Michigan staff and program.
“Since Cassius has finished his freshman year, all of this stuff is early, just taking it in and getting to meet people, seeing what they have to say, and going from there.
“We got to know coach Alexander during the high school season and it’s just been going on from there. Good vibes, good people, and the coaching staff are very energetic. It was a good visit, good talk.”
Up to 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, Winston’s improved strength and elevated play on the floor is evident since GoBlueWolverine first saw him at Michigan’s team camp in the summer of 2012.
“We kind of just try to keep staying in the gym working on skill and doing more of being in the weight room,” Winston’s father said. “I think that’s starting to help him out, just getting him back into the weight room. He played the season, a majority of it, at 14 years old, so he’s very young.”
Overall, the Michigan visit was a very positive experience for father and son.
“We’re really just concentrating on getting ready for his sophomore year,” said Winston’s father. “But he said he liked them, and he liked the energy, and what they’re talking about. Also that the academics were very impressive.”
Winston will compete in the Michigan State team camp this weekend, the Oakland camp in a couple of weeks, and participate in the Romulus summer league this June.
Winston has no other visits planned for this summer.