Quevyn Winters fully understands the disappointment surrounding the Washington men’s basketball team.
But the 6-foot-6 guard, who is expected to officially join the Huskies on Wednesday when the spring signing period begins, is eager to help UW bounce back after a 17-15 record last season.
“It was a rough year, but it’s a new season now,” he said. “A new year and a new group of guys so I’m excited.”
Winters is expected to join an unheralded 2014 class that includes Timberline High standout guard Donaven Dorsey and Canadian big man Tristan Etienne, who each signed last fall during the early-signing period.
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The recruiting website 247 Sports ranks Washington’s incoming class 11th in the Pac-12. Dorsey is considered a three-star prospect by ESPN, Scout and Rivals while Etienne and Winters are not rated.
“Arizona and UCLA put together some strong recruiting classes and it’s pretty even in the conference after that,” said Josh Gerson, West Coast recruiting analyst for Scout.com. “Washington probably had a middle-of-the-league type of a recruiting class.
“Washington didn’t have a huge class in terms of quantity, but the quality is fine. There’s some players that have a chance to contribute down the line.”
The Huskies are expecting immediate production from Winters, who began his college career at Duquesne, where he averaged 9.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 2012-13 before transferring to Indian Hills Community College in Iowa.
In his season at Indian Hills, Winters’ 11.9 scoring average was fifth on a team that finished 34-3 and advanced to the National Junior College Division I championship game.
The 6-6 guard shot 40.5 percent (138 of 341) from the field, 33.7 percent (60 of 178) on three-pointers and 72.7 percent (56 of 77) on free throws. He averaged 17.7 minutes – fourth highest on the team – 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 turnovers and 1.2 steals. He started 26 of 33 games.
“Quevyn is a big shooter with nice size,” said Barrett Peery, who coached Indian Hills CC last season before being hired as an Arizona State assistant. “He can get to the rim with his right hand. He’s an experienced guy.”
Winters will be a junior next season with three years to play two seasons. He’ll likely vie for a spot in the UW rotation and possibly replace departing senior guard C.J. Wilcox, who led the team in scoring the past two seasons.
“I’m ready to come in and work,” Winters said. “I’m ready to be a Husky.”
In addition to Winters, Washington is looking to add a post player to replace junior forward Desmond Simmons,who is transferring.
According to several recruiting sites, Washington has extended scholarship offers to Rainier Beach High forward Djuan Piper, Westview High (Avondale, Ariz.) forward Andre Adams and Jones Country Junior College (Ellisville, Miss.) forward Johnny Zuppardo, who is expected to visit this weekend.
Piper is considering Gonzaga and Minnesota, Zuppardo has offers from Kent State, Mississippi State, St. Bonaventure, Tulane and Wichita State while Adams is being courted by most Pac-12 teams including Arizona, Colorado and Arizona State.
The spring signing period ends May 21.
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