Michigan out of the race for four-star guard Cassius Winston

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan is out of the running for four-star point guard Cassius Winston. Winston cut his list to three today and is down to Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Stanford — eliminating the Wolverines.

Winston was originally scheduled to take an official visit to Michigan on September 19th and had long been considered the top recruiting prospect on Michigan’s board. News circulated over the weekend that Winston had moved his visit to September 26th before MLive’s Brendan Quinn reported that the visit was in doubt.  The several year long recruitment appeared to sour quickly after talk of moving the visit and now it is finished.

Winston is scheduled to take an official visit to Michigan State this weekend and Tom Izzo conducted an in-school visit with Winston this morning.

Expect the Wolverines to focus on a pair of backup point guard targets who earned their attention this summer including Milwaukee guard Te’Jon Lucas and New Jersey point guard Bryce Aiken. Lucas is in the process of setting up an official visit to Michigan — he visited USC last weekend and has trips planned to Memphis and Old Dominion — while Aiken has discussed a tentative official visit in early October. Mike Bibby Jr. is another point guard target that the Wolverines watched at times throughout July.

  • J

    Bruce Brown no longer an option, or not a PG recruit?

  • gobluemd16

    JEEZ. What could have happened here? Another recruiting miss on a guy we clearly, clearly wanted and had been recruiting for years. I know the whole deal with the visit being rescheduled, but dropping us altogether when we were considered to having at least a 50-50 shot of landing Cassius? Something is going wrong.

    • meddler76

      I echo your frustrations. There have got to be some common underlying reasons for all these misses.

  • Fresh

    To me beilein Made this move not Winston from what was said yesterday. The kid can dictate the recruitment to only a certain extent and then it’s time for the coach to make a decision. JB is obviously a man of principle and he is not going to change his values to accommodate any recruit.

    There are kids out there that won’t play games that will be equally effective and good as Winston that Michigan will get.

    • GTFOmycourt

      I agree that we can find someone just as effective. I have watched Winston’s videos many times. I just don’t see a top 30 recruit. I see a top 200 recruit. I would love to have Bridges however, so I am hoping that is not a package deal, as some have suggested!!!

      • GTFOmycourt

        That being said, I don’t see why we can’t seem to land a legit top 25 point guard. I don’t get it.

      • Fresh

        Agree. I watch tejon Lucas film I like like his much much better

  • Kenny

    Sounds to me that it is Beilein who backed out.

    • Definitely a part of that… I wrote this yesterday:

      Think about a situation where Michigan was working on setting up an official visit setup with Player B the weekend after Player A was originally scheduled to take his visit. If Player A wants to move his visit to the same weekend as Player B, do you cancel Player B’s visit and risk essentially going all in on Player A?
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      If Winston wanted to move his visit I suspect there’s a bit of “well, we’re not going to wait around, we need to look at other guys and we have someone coming in the 26th”. That’s how something like this comes apart.

  • gobluemd16

    Dylan was pretty much right on yesterday: http://www.scout.com/college/michigan/story/1584547-webblog-the-cassius-winston-fallout#.VfAzxO6Aegs.twitter
    Sounds like Beilein and the coaching staff took the step back after Cassius moved his visit.

  • Cory

    I always thought Winston was a bit overrated. I’ll be just as happy if we can close Te’Jon Lucas. I really like what I see from his tape.

  • Chezaroo

    I will be very surprised if Lucas does not end up a Wolverine. He’s a damn good player IMO. On the other hand the reasons we end up not landing our top targets keeps getting curious-er and curious-er. It’s obvious to me Winston is committing to State soon, and his moving his visit was a prelude to never taking it anyways.

    • GTFOmycourt

      A theory I concocted to help ease the pain: Maar, Wilson, and Robinson are blowing up and the coaching staff communicates the unlikelihood of x recruit getting playing time ahead of these guys. Hopefully, I am right. If Maar can become a legit point guard it buys another year if he stays healthy.

  • gobluemd16

    Are we really in that great of position with Lucas? Was it worth completely ending our relationship with Winston for a similar chance with our plan B (or C)?

    • Chezaroo

      The writing was on the wall, we just enacted a preemptive strike.

    • gobluemd16

      Sounds like we had quite the chance with Plan B.. Come on down Xavier!

  • mirepoix

    Can’t say I’m that broken up over this development — would’ve welcomed the kid to the team, but I have to agree with some others here in that I never quite saw what all the hype was about with Winston. Would be just as happy with Lucas or Aiken.

  • Indiana_Matt

    I hope he goes to Pitt.

  • Mattski

    Everyone who’s in the mood to gripe please jump right on. Personally, I do not see world-beating skills in Winston. I look forward to watching whatever point guard we do end up with (Lucas?) out-thinking and out-finessing MSU with Winston at the helm. The spotlight shines hotly on these recruiting melodramas, but they are a tiny portion of what makes great basketball teams. Fans who mature in their views about what makes a great program–great kids and relationships, success in the life to follow, etc.–will come to love Beilein and his teams in years when they win 25 and years when they win 15.

    If you’re in the mood, watch Lucas break some knees:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRASUnlOPXE

    • GTFOmycourt

      Actually, it sounds like most of us here are at peace with this development. It seems like most of us were biting our tongues while we recruited Winston out of respect for the coaching staff as evaluators. I am not too worried. Like bobohle, do wish we could have grabbed Huerter without regard for anyone else…I think he will be good.

      • Mattski

        Think you are right. I was still reacting to some of the responses at mgoblog. . .

        • GTFOmycourt

          Oh, ok. It is unfortunate if a more general fan base is griping and I agree it is unjustified. Thanks, I agree with what you said otherwise.

      • Champswest

        Agree. I was never that high on Winston, but would not speak against someone we were recruiting. I would have been okay with him, but I would have preferred Heuter.

  • bobohle

    Maybe we should of went for Heuter instead. I think we could of gotten him. We need to hire a recruiting coordinator or assistant coach who has been successful at landing top talent. Look what Harbaugh is doing with football recruiting for 2016. Top 10 nationally so far. He has guys used to recruiting top talent at their previous schools (USC,Florida,Stanford,etc).

  • bobohle

    Rivals is now reporting that no.88 player pg Xavier Simpson is now interested in Michigan. He will announce his short list today.

    • Check out the forum. We’re talking about Xavier Simpson there. http://forum.umhoops.com/

      Simpson announcing today and Michigan appears to be the favorite.

      • bobohle

        Maybe an 11th hr surprise?

  • GTFOmycourt

    If given the choice I would prefer Simpson over the Winston, Lucas and Aiken. I hope this comes to fruition. Simpson looks very good, underrated and capable of putting on a little muscle and keeping it.

    • Sounds like that was the choice.

      • GTFOmycourt

        Sweet!

      • Mark Worthley

        So Michigan told Winston they had moved on from him?

        • Yes, that they had their PG: Xavier Simpson.

          • Mark Worthley

            That’s baller.

    • bobohle

      Totally agree!

    • GTFOmycourt

      A message to recruits who receive an offer from Michigan: Accept the offer immediately and avoid the embarrassing conversation with your grandchildren about how you could have gone to play for one of the best coaching staffs in college basketball history, but instead you chose to play coach x at someplace University where your skills didn’t develop, you missed out on the nba, had an ok time playing in Europe, and are currently chasing another championship in your over 40 league.

      Welcome Xavier! We believe in you too!

  • TonyW

    Prefer Rivals #87 over Rivals #28.
    I’m sure your right.

    • GTFOmycourt

      Brundidge or Burke?

      • TonyW

        Too cryptic, sorry.
        Commenters prefer the recruit who committed to Michigan, Simpson, who is ranked #87 by Rivals, over Winston, who is ranked #28 by Rivals. Winston is ranked much higher than any of the other PGs mentioned.

        • GTFOmycourt

          Yes. I think a lot of people here like Simpson as much as, or more than Winston. Similarly, some people were more excited about the Brundidge signing compared to the Burke signing. The ranking sites gave Brundidge a higher ranking than Burke. If I remember correctly (not sure) Brundidge at one point during his Junior year was ranked over 50 spots higher than Burke. ( I can’t remember for sure but their was a significant gap in ranking spots at one point.) For what it is worth, (not much)I appreciate Simpson and Winston about the same. happy to have Simpson!

  • Hjb4971

    Too bad he went to a better school that has the number one recruiting class in the country, and so did his teammate. Good players prefer MSU, a proven winner.

    • nswan

      Dang… you are so right. Thank you for putting everyone here in their place and now we understand that Michigan is just so inferior…