Winder joins a pair of fall signees on the 2005-06 Longhorns roster in A.J. Abrams (Round Rock, Texas) and C.J. Miles (Dallas, Texas). The spring signing period began Wednesday and continues through mid-May.
"We liked the way Craig fit with our guys during his visit," Barnes said. "He is a very athletic off-guard and a good on-the-ball defender who can also create his own shot off the dribble. Craig comes from a winning program and played under an excellent coach in Bill Lewit. The thing we like most about Craig is his competitive fire.
The 6-2, 190-pound Winder is an off-guard from Cecil Community College who earned first-team NJCAA (National Junior CollegeAthletic Association) Division II All-America honors this past season, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish the feat. He scored a total of 1,138 points in his two-year career (18.4 ppg). Winder averaged 21.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.1 blocks in 26 minutes per contest. He led Cecil to a 31-3 record and a berth in the NJCAA Division II 12-team national tourney. Winder also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at Nationals. Cecil was ranked No. 1 in the country for eight straight weeks during the regular season.
Winder, who redshirted the 2003-04 season, averaged 14.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 22 minutes per contest as a freshman in 2002-03. That year, he helped Cecil post a 27-7 record and advance to the NJCAA Division II semifinals. Winder was named to the NJCAA Division II All-Tournament team.