Michigan State basketball’s open gym session builds hype for 2020-21

Michigan State basketball players met up for a recent open gym session recently and it’s clear there will be no drop-off from 2019-20.

Fresh off a third straight Big Ten title and Cassius Winston’s final season, Michigan State is in limbo. Will the Spartans be just as good without Cassius as they were with the All-American point guard? Maybe not at that position, but overall, it’s likely.

Although Cassius is gone and Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry have big decisions to make about their NBA futures, Michigan State is going to be elite.

That was never more evident than during an open gym session that was caught on film by workoutreg.ent on Instagram. The account has been chronicling Michigan State’s open gym sessions and it’s clear that the Spartans are going to be just as good, if not better, in 2020-21 as they were in 2019-20.

Don’t believe me? Just watch these highlights:

Sure, it’s tough to base anything off open gym sessions because it’s not exactly a live game against Big Ten foes, but the Spartans look hungry and made some eye-opening plays.

Making major strides

Some players caught the attention of fans with this video including Gabe Brown, Malik Hall, Marcus Bingham Jr., Aaron Henry, Mady Sissoko, Joey Hauser and Julius Marble. Oh, and Rocket Watts looks like an absolute monster.

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Everyone who seemed worried about Watts’ ability to handle the point and create for himself and others was silenced during these highlights. He looks like the real deal.

A few guys looked ready to make big leaps like Brown, Marble and especially Bingham Jr. who was aggressive in his play style.

This is exactly what every MSU fan wanted to see this offseason and hopefully it’s something these guys can build on.

One thing is for certain, though: this Michigan State team is going to be incredibly deep with or without Xavier Tillman and Henry returning. If those two come back, it’ll just be the icing on the cake.

Losing Cassius has not changed sky-high expectations for 2020-21, folks.

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