Focus 2011: Quevyn Winters

Badger Nation looks at the high school sophomores that Wisconsin basketball has focused on to fill the void. One of the best players in the state of Wisconsin for the Class of 2011, Quevyn Winters is one of the big reasons why Milwaukee Washington is dominating the Milwaukee City Conference.

MILWAUKEE - In terms of competitiveness, toughness and quality of basketball, no prep boy's basketball conference compares to the Milwaukee City Conference. The results in the WIAA State Tournament speak for themselves, as Milwaukee teams have won 18 Division 1 titles in the last 30 years.

Four of those titles were won by Milwaukee Washington H.S., but the Purgolders haven't hoisted the hardware since 1993. Sophomore Quevyn Winters is well on his way to try and change that.

The 6-foot-4 forward has been the driving force behind Washington's success this season. Ranked No.1 in many state college basketball polls, the sophomore leads his team and ranks fifth in the City Conference in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game.

Winters has led his team in scoring 10 times, including breaking the 20-point barrier eight times, shoots 84 percent from the free throw line and has come up big in important moments for Washington (18-1, 11-1 City).

In a 65-59 win over Milwaukee Hamilton, Washington's biggest competitions for the conference title, Winters scored 26 points in a variety of ways - scoring 10 points from inside the arc, six from beyond the perimeter and 10 from the free throw line.

But after a number of close calls in Washington's season, the Purgolders flirtation with a perfect season ended last night at home against Milwaukee Rufus King, as the Generals registered a 63-56 upset victory to send Washington into a first-place tie with Hamilton.

One of the reasons Washington lost was the Purgolders shooting 33.3 percent (14-for-42) through three quarters, not because of the play of Winters. The sophomore scored a game-high 22 points strictly by using his athleticism to create open looks or his quickness to force the defense to foul.

Winters' game is well rounded for a sophomore. His shot is crisp, his defensive mechanics are solid and his ability to find the open man or create some offense is outstanding, which is one of the main reasons why Washington is one of the favorites to win the state tournament next month.

Winters, who plays for the Wisconsin Playground Warriors on the AAU circuit, has scholarship offers from Green Bay and Milwaukee but if he performs in the state tournament the same way he was torn through the Milwaukee City, Winters will have plenty of options coming his way, one of which could be playing for Wisconsin.

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