Cassius Winston’s college career has come to an end. One of the best point guards in Michigan State history left his mark on the program and will be remembered as an all-time great in Spartan basketball history.

Obviously, Winston’s career didn’t end the way he had hoped. After winning a share of the B1G regular season title for a third-straight season, the B1G and NCAA tournaments were canceled due to the ongoing public health crisis. The All-American point guard and former B1G Player of the Year didn’t get his shot to win the national championship.

Winston stayed optimistic, however, saying that he “went out a champion.” Now, the guard will pursue his dream of playing in the NBA after an incredible four-year career at Michigan State.

Before he leaves, Winston had a message to share with coaches, teammates and fans of Michigan State. In a letter published on Michigan State Athletics’ website, the guard penned a farewell note:

Coming to Michigan State University was one of the best decisions I made in my life.

I don’t regret my decision to come here at all, whether it be on the court or off the court.  I feel like on the court, I achieved everything I could as a player.   I grew, I got better and my weaknesses I made them into strengths, in a sense.  Off the court, it’s been amazing.  The way the campus treats me, the way the professors interact with me, the way the students interact with me.  It’s been an amazing experience here for me at Michigan State.

My career here at Michigan State is over.  There’s no more games.  It doesn’t hit you at that moment.  It probably hits you a couple of days later when you’re ready go get up and go to practice.  March time is when you go harder and you get ready to win a championship.  You’re ready to go to practice, but you have nothing to do, there’s literally nothing to do.  It’s crazy things can end so suddenly.

To my fans, my teammates, my coaches, thank you.  Thank you for sticking with me, thank you for being there for me when it was tough, thank you for being by my side.  It was amazing.

You can read Winston’s complete message here.

Winston ended his career with the Spartans with 1,969 points and 890 assists, becoming the program’s all-time assists leader, passing Magic Johnson. He also totaled 374 rebounds and 125 steals in four years in East Lansing.