Michigan State Basketball: All-sharpshooting team from Tom Izzo era

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Point Guard: Cassius Winston

This one should come as no surprise given the fact that Cassius Winston’s career just ended and he’ll forever be remembered as one of the best players to don the green and white.

While he’ll likely be remembered more for his ability to score from anywhere and create for teammates while being an incredible leader, he’s also the best shooting point guard Tom Izzo has ever coached.

Don’t believe me? Look at the numbers. He shot just under 40 percent from deep as a freshman and then 50 percent as a sophomore, 40 percent as a junior and 43 percent as a senior. He was a lights-out 3-point shooter which led to his career mark at 43 percent.

If Michigan State needed a big shot, Cassius delivered — he was the Spartans’ very own version of Chauncey Billups.

Honorable mention: Travis Trice, Drew Neitzel

Everyone remembers Cassius, but before him there was Travis Trice who was about as consistent as you could be through four years at Michigan State, shooting-wise. He made about 40 percent of his threes throughout his career and the only reason he doesn’t make the starting lineup is because he only shot 39 percent from the floor. He was still a big-shot specialist, especially in the 2015 NCAA Tournament run to the Final Four.

Drew Neitzel went basically unused as a freshman, shooting 33 percent from three and 38 percent from the floor on a loaded roster but his numbers drastically improved over the next three years. He finished his career as a 40 percent 3-point shooter and made 41 percent from the floor. He carried some fairly average MSU teams from 2006-08.