Winters Gives Xmas Cheer To UW

It was just what Santa ordered for the Washington Huskies. Quevyn Winters, a 6-foot-6, 206-pound wing from Duquesne University, by way of Indian Hills Junior College in Ottumwa, Iowa, verbally committed to the Huskies on Christmas, bypassing scholarship offers from USC, UNLV, Iowa State, and others.

"Committed to the University of Washington today. #HUSKYNATION!!" Winters said via Twitter Wednesday morning.

Winters verbally committed to Baylor out of Washington High School in Milwaukee but then had to enroll in prep school when he wasn't able to achieve a high enough SAT score to qualify. Then he went from M.A.C.K. Prep Elite Training Academy in Charlotte, N.C. to Duquesne in 2013. It was there where Winters averaged 10 points a game, best for third on the team.

"My great-grandmother passed away so I decided I wanted to do my sophomore year closer to home," Winters told about his move from Duquesne to Indian Hills. "It was the best situation available."

Right now Winters is averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds for an undefeated Indian Hills squad.

How would Quevyn describe his game? "A scorer, slasher, rebounder," he said matter-of-factly. He added that he can shoot out to three-point range and said his shooting is probably his strong suit, while lateral quickness is something he's working on.

The Huskies picked up a similar player out of the juco ranks for 2013 in Mike Anderson. "I've seen him play, but I can really shoot it," Winters said when talking about a comparison between him and the UW junior. "I led Duquesne in three pointers last year as a freshman. Mike is good, though."

UW, USC, UNLV and Iowa State re-recruited Winters once he made the decision to be closer to home. "(Washington) Coach T.J. (Otzelberger), he was recruiting me ever since I was a sophomore (in high school) to Iowa State," Winters said of his connection to the Huskies. "We've been keeping in touch and he's from Milwaukee like me."

Winters took a visit to UW this past weekend when the Huskies played UConn, and he said he loved his visit. "I chilled with most of the guys, but Mike hosted me…just hung out and played video games, ate some good food," he said when asked to describe his trip. "I just got lucky to schedule this visit because how my season went. We had a game and I just landed in Milwaukee. I finished my game and then went to Seattle and they had a game. It all worked out. I had a visit set up to go to Butler but I cancelled it because we ended up having a Thanksgiving Day tournament in Florida."

It was Winters' first time visiting Seattle. Did anything surprise him? "How serious the town took the Seahawks…it looks like a pretty good sports town," he said.

Winters said that 'style of play and minutes' would be the key things he would be looking for when he made his decision. "I'm on track to get my AA.," he added. "All my credits transferred from my Division-1 to my junior college."

Winters will be a junior with three years to play two starting the fall of 2014.

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