Becoming the Building Block

Although his state tournament trip was a short one, sophomore forward Quevyn Winters provided a lasting impression that his best basketball is yet to come for Milwaukee Washington.

MADISON – Quevyn Winters could only do so much for his Milwaukee Washington basketball team.

A team that is littered with seniors and juniors, Winters may be the only sophomore on the roster, but the 6-4 forward was a big reason the Purgolders won a share of the Milwaukee City Conference and qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2001.

He isn't, however, the reason that Washington is going home early.

Winters led Washington with 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough to save Washington from a 47-45 defeat at the hands of Oshkosh North in the WIAA Division 1 State Quarterfinals.

Winters shot 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) from the floor, doing all of his damage from inside the arc, but his teammates provided little support. Washington (22-2) didn't have another player in double figures, shot 38.5 percent (20-for-52) for the game and went just 1-for-10 from three-point range, including seeing what would have been the winning three-pointer draw nothing but iron.

"We just couldn't get shots to fall for us tonight," Washington head coach Jay Kenseth told Badger Nation.

Although his team will have a major rebuilding project if it hopes to win its first state title since 1993, Kenseth, in an interview with Badger Nation, knows that Winters is a good cornerstone to build around.

Badger Nation: Your team has a lot of great seniors but he is your super sophomore. Can you talk about how he has added that extra dimension into your team?

Kenseth: Well, you're right. We have seniors to handle the leadership part but Quevyn has improved his game 1000 percent since last year. He was first man off the bench last season and played incredibly well for us as an all-around player. This year, he's really stepped his game up as far as rebounding and scoring. He's shooting about 55 percent, about 50 percent from the three-point line and he's cold blooded. He's a scorer, but he's all around. He's a good passer, good rebounder and fits in very well with these guys and compliments these guys.

BN: You talk about his development from year one to year two. What was the big thing he did in the off season to make himself cold blooded to improve his scoring and rebounding?

Kenseth: Well, he worked very hard on his shooting. His dad and him spent a good portion everyday working on that shooting and working on his game. His dad, Ewell Clinton, led us to state championships in 1990 and 1993. He was a great player for us and he's a pretty good guy to have as a tutor. Quevyn is a hard-working guy and a basketball lover. He's the kind of guy that I want to coach, guys that love basketball and he's one of them.

BN: The Milwaukee City Conference has so many great players when you look at the history. Quevyn is one of those guys that have matched up against some pretty good players. How did he perform against some of the conference's top players and how did he match up defensively?

Kenseth: He's improving defensively. He's only a sophomore. He's a young kid and he has a ways to go defensively, but you're not going to find a sophomore with that type of confidence and that type of shooting.

BN: There are a lot of great players in this Division 1 state tournament like Jamil Wilson, Evan Anderson and other D-1 prospects. Can Winters make it at that next level? Is he a future D-1 prospect?

Kenseth: Absolutely. He's definitely going to be a Division 1 player. His body will develop over the next couple of years and if he has any type of improvement over the next couple of seasons like he had over the last year, he's going to be a tremendous player. Schools are starting to come and look at him and hear about him.

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