Memphis Grizzlies President of Basketball Operations Jerry West announced Wednesday the Grizzlies have signed rookie free agent guard Kennedy Winston to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
September 28, 2005
Two-time All SEC performer Kennedy Winston sat at Wings in Mobile the night of the NBA draft and watched as unproven high schoolers and foreign players went off the board. When the last name was called, and Winston still was not taken, the obvious question was "why?"
There were not many people who believed Kennedy Winston would be selected in the first round of the NBA draft last week, but there were even fewer who thought he would be left out of the draft altogether.
The evening wore on, past nine o'clock and then 10 p.m. Still Kennedy Winston was hoping he would finally became an NBA draftee, if a late one, but the call never came.
There are multiple web sites to find a newly updated NBA mock draft every day each with its own slant on who will go where and when, and Alabama's Kennedy Winston is hoping that most have underestimated him.
Entering the Southeastern Conference Tournament this time a year ago Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried was the hunter, thinking he might need to make a splash in the SEC tourney because of the uncertainty about how his team, 16-11 overall and 8-8 in SEC play at the time, would be viewed by the NCAA selection committee.
Officially, the Alabama men's basketball team only honored Earnest Shelton, Lucky Williams, Jason Reese and manager Brian Pounders at its senior night Wednesday before routing Auburn.