Shepard could add to list

Four-star forward Winston Shepard was one of the top players for Findlay Prep at the Flyin to the Hoop event, and now his recruitment could be expanding.

Senior forward Winston Shepard has been a very impressive performer this season for Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. The 6-foot-6 athlete is making an impact on both ends of the floor with his energy and developing skill set, and now he could be adding schools to his recruitment.

Playing on a loaded squad that has the luxury of bringing high-majors off the bench, it isn't always easy to standout and be productive, but Shepard has found a way during his senior season.

"I have been playing real well," said Shepard. "I am averaging like 16 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds, and we are winning. We only slipped up in South Dakota losing by one to La Lumiere, but we are doing real good."

At 6-foot-6 with long arms and big time athleticism, versatility has always been a huge part of Shepard's game.

"My focus is on being an all-around player," said Shepard. "My strength I think is that I do everything. I try to post up, bring the ball up the floor, play defense, and score, so I am working to do a little bit of everything out on the floor."

For a while now Shepard has had a final five of New Mexico, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, UNLV, and UTEP, but two new schools look to be entering the picture.

"I do have five finalists, but St. John's and Oregon have been showing a lot of interest so I am probably going to add them as well," said Shepard.

For the Red Storm or the Ducks to get on the level of the others who have been recruiting him for far longer, it is going to take a major effort.

"It's just going to take them showing that they really want me and them being honest with me," Shepard explained. "I just have to see if I fit in with the staff, and if I do then I will consider those schools."

To this point he has only made one official visit and that was to New Mexico. On the trip Shepard was very impressed with what he saw.

"Oh man it was great," said Shepard of the visit. "The fans loved me, they did some original things, and my uncle is one of the best ever to play there so it was a real good visit."

While he has only made one trip so far, Shepard says to expect the other visits to happen, and he hopes those begin to take place fairly soon.

"I'm going to take my last four visits," stated Shepard. "I haven't been able to any of those visits so far because it has been so hectic with the season, but hopefully over the next month I will begin to take some of those visits."

Shepard will pick one school in the spring after the season has passed. The school he does choose will have two things above all that stick out to him.

"Basically I want to be able to come in right away and make an immediate impact," said Shepard. "That and my relationship with the staff will be most important."

Currently Shepard is viewed as the No. 43 player in the class of 2012.

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