Quevyn Winters, a reserve guard last season, will not return to the Washington men’s basketball team and plans to end his college career.
The latest news from the Huskies continues a transitional offseason for a team that’s lost six players from last season’s team due to reasons other than graduating while making great strides in recruiting to replenish the roster.
Winters, a 6-5 senior, is the latest player to depart UW joining a list that includes Nigel Williams-Goss (transfer to Gonzaga), Jernard Jarreau (transfer to Tulane), Darin Johnson (transfer to Cal-State Northridge), Gilles Dierickx (transfer to Seattle Pacific) and Robert Upshaw (dismissed).
Without Winters, Washington returns just two players – senior guard Andrew Andrews and sophomore wing Donaven Dorsey – from last season’s team that finished 16-15.
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Considering the youth movement sweeping through the Montlake, it was going to be difficult for Winters to find playing team even though he was the second-most experienced player on the roster. He averaged 3.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 11.0 minutes while starting one game and appearing in 27 last season during his first year with the Huskies.
Winters, a Milwaukee native, began his college career at Duquesne before playing two seasons at Indian Hills Junior College. He arrived at UW with a reputation as an exceptional shooter, but struggled last season while shooting 29.7 percent from the field and 24.6 (17 of 69) on three-pointers.
The Huskies will have to rely heavily on a touted eight-man 2015 class that includes seven freshmen.
Washington has 11 scholarship players on the roster. The NCAA limit is 13.
Recently, the Huskies picked up non-binding verbal commitments from Markelle Fultz, a five-star 2016 prospect, Lakeside junior Daejon Davis, a four-star 2017 target and 2018 prospect Jontay Porter.