The Inspiring Example of Cassius Winston
One of the most remarkable young men to ever play college basketball is going to celebrate his senior day today. Cassius Winston is truly special in so many ways, including in his faith.
If you don't follow Michigan State basketball, you might not be familiar with him or our team. Our team is full of vibrant Christians which is remarkable at a secular university that is lurching ridiculously left under the leadership of the new president. (Another post for another day)
By vibrant Christians, I mean vibrant Christians. Not the "I'd like to thank God and my mother" type talk. When you listen to someone who knows the Word, knows Jesus, etc. you can tell. When I listen to many of these young men talk, it's obvious they have a walk with Christ and know the Word.
MSU was the pre-season number one team in the country and Winston was on track to be the national player of the year. He is an amazing basketball player who has set many records. He's also an excellent student who passed on an offer from Harvard, graduated with his degree in three years, and has been working on his masters.
Winston's younger brother took his life this fall. It rocked everyone because the team is very close and Winston's brother was a friend to many on the basketball team. We also lost one of our key leaders (another vibrant Christian) to an injury.
To say this year has been a roller coaster of emotion for the team and fans would be an understatement. When all this happened, I adjusted my expectations. You can't rush grief and you can't control it. Winston had some poor games. Izzo has said numerous times that nothing prepares you for leading a team through something like this. They had a rough stretch of losses.
Today Winston will play his last game at the Breslin Center. If they win, they win a share of the Big Ten Title, the third in a row.
Somehow they are pulling it together and getting it done.
Winston and the team made it to the Final Four last year. It's been 20 years since Izzo and MSU won the national title.
After everything they have been through this year and all Winston has meant to the university, I hope they can get Izzo his second national title in a few weeks. This is truly one of the nicest groups of young men you will meet on a college basketball team, especially playing at this level.
If you don't have a team to cheer for in the NCAA tournament, I hope you'll cheer for Cassius Winston and the rest of the MSU Spartans.
Here's an article that will give you a peek at what a great young man he is.
Thankful wife of David for 23 years and momma to Caroline for 13 years - Relaxed/Unschoolerish - Lover of books - Seeker of wisdom - Drinker of too many coconut milk mochas from Starbucks