Chad Wintz: Scouting Pettway

Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) coach Chad Wintz knows exactly why college coaches are drooling over his big man, despite the fact he ranks sixth on the team in scoring and isn't even the leading rebounder on the squad.

``His best playing days are clearly ahead of him," Wintz said. "This is just his second year of organized ball and the numbers will come as he becomes more familiar with college basketball."

So far, Aaron Pettway is averaging 6.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game in 11 games this season. He's only taken an average of five shots per game, but has shown a nice touch from the line, connecting on 21-of-25 free throws.

``He's a terrific shot-blocker and defensive player," he added. "He is already one of Hutchinson's all-time leaders in blocked shots and with any luck, he'll get that record. He alters as many shots as he blocks and is just a presence in the middle. He takes up space and affects a lot." <P>

While Wintz agrees that Pettway's defense is ahead of his offense, that doesn't mean he can't score. <P>

``I don't think his offense is as far behind and people think," Wintz said. "Obviously, it can get better. He's got to find out how he's going to find his shots within the scheme of the offense."

``He just hasn't had the game experience and doesn't have the things that a lot of kids had, playing since they were 3 of 4 years old," he added. "That's a lot that he missed in 20 years."

Wintz is another person who wouldn't be surprised to see Pettway in the NBA down the road (at least three other college coaches agree) and said that his game is similar to one current NBA'er.

``Kelvin Cato, who played at Iowa State," Wintz said. "He's long and was a little raw."

And now he's in the NBA.

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