Winters Talks About Signing With UW

Quevyn Winters, a 6-foot-6 wing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin - by way of Duquesne University and Indian Hills Junior College in Ottumwa, Iowa - officially signed a letter of intent with the Washington Huskies Wednesday. Winters joins Timberline's Donaven Dorsey and Canada power forward Tristan Etienne as members of UW's 2014 recruiting class.

Winters told he signed his letter at 1 o'clock central time, and then faxed it in to the Huskies. "I'm excited, ready to get back to the big stage and I'm happy to be a Husky," he said.

He spoke Wednesday with UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar and assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger. "He was excited," Winters said when asked for Romar's reaction once the letter was officially cleared. "He can't wait for me to get up there and work hard, stuff like that."

"We're excited to add Quevyn to our program," added Romar via "He'll bring a multitude of intangibles to Seattle as a kid who has a history of winning. He's already played Division I basketball and averaged almost 10 points as a freshman at Duquesne before playing in the junior college national championship game for Indian Hills. He's a very good shooter with a lot of experience and we're delighted to have him."

Winters averaged 11.9 points and added 4.9 rebounds per game for Indian Hills this past season, helping the Warriors make it all the way to the NJCAA National Tournament Championship game. They lost, 87-77, to Jones County Junior College of Ellisville, Mississippi.

Ironically enough, there was a player Washington also offered - 6-foot-8 power forward Johnny Zuppardo, who signed Wednesday with Mississippi State. Zuppardo scored 10 points in a winning effort.

"Had a fun year, a good year," Winters said. "I was a scorer, captain, leader. I'm just ready to make that transition back to D1."

Indian Hills had 3-4 other high-major players on their team. Besides Winters, wing Roosevelt Scott signed with Arizona State, and guard Lester Medford signed a letter of intent with Baylor last fall.

Winters isn't sure if he will be in Seattle in time to start summer quarter, but does expect to be at UW at some point during the summer. "Just working out, finishing up classes here, graduate in May - and then after that I'm ready to make that transition," he said when asked what is on his plate now that he's officially signed with the Huskies.

His family back in Milwaukee has signed off on Winters moving to the west coast. "It's cool. My Mom was on my visit with me and she liked it a lot, so it's cool," he said.

And what are the UW coaches telling Winters? "Just be prepared to work, just try to score the ball, be a leader and be versatile," he said.

Any final words for Husky fans? "I'm happy to be a Husky, excited to get there and work out and work hard," Winters said.

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