23 Kevin Winford
23 Kevin Winford
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
High School: Bartlett HS '08
Position: G
Experience: 2L*

Jim Hayford on Winford: “The fact Kevin has been in Eastern’s program for three years – as long as anybody – gives us maturity. He is a tremendous shooter and has worked really hard to improve his skill with the ball in leading the team. This will allow him to play both guard positions in our offense. Cerebrally, he picks things up and has great emotional balance, so I expect him to be a key contributor for the Eagles this year.”

Career: Winford ranks in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists for 3-point shooting. On career charts, his 100 makes are eighth and his 291 attempts are seventh. Winford’s 84.8 percent (56-of-66) accuracy shooting free throws would rank third had he met the minimums (he has 66 and would need 116). The current school record is 84.9 percent set by Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame member Dick Edwards (1953-55). Winford made 66 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season to rank fifth in single season school history, and his 187 attempts are fourth. He owns school records for single game 3-pointers made (10) and attempted (23) when he finished with 39 points – fifth-best in school history – in his sophomore season against New Hope (12/4/10).

2010-11: Was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. In Big Sky Conference statistics, Winford was fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.2) and 26th in scoring (9.9). His 66 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season rank fifth in single season school history, and his 187 attempts are fifth. For the season, Winford scored in double figures 13 times, but none in his last eight games of the season when he averaged only 5.3 points per outing. He led the team in scoring on six occasions, steals seven times, assists in three games and blocked shots twice. He was fourth on the team with a 9.9 scoring average for the season, making 37.5 percent of his field goal attempts overall and 66-of-187 three-point attempts (35.3 percent). A starter in 22 of the 30 games he played, he also made 34-of-41 free throws (82.9 percent), including 26-of-30 in league play (86.7 percent). However, he averaged just 7.9 points per game in league, making only 32.5 percent of his shots overall and 31.3 percent from the arc. Winford sparked the Eagles to a pair of come-from-behind victories, scoring 12 points in the second half of wins over Portland State (65-51 on 1/27/11) and Idaho State (83-70 on 1/29/11). In the two games he scored 26 points, with 24 of them coming in the second half when he made a collective 9-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from three-point range. He was 0-9 overall and 0-7 from the arc in the first half of those games. Winford poured in 39 points -- including a record 10 3-pointers -- in Eastern’s overwhelming 112-41 non-conference victory over New Hope Christian College (12/4/10). En route to the fifth-best scoring night in school history against New Hope, Winford broke the school record of nine treys he set just a week earlier against Idaho (11/27/10). Winford’s 23 three-point attempts were also a Big Sky Conference record, breaking the previous mark of 17 set by Nevada’s Kevin Franklin against Oregon on Dec. 16, 1989. His makes were third-most, with Portland State’s Brian Towne owning the record with 12 in a 1998 game against Idaho State. Against Idaho just seven days earlier, Winford finished with what was then a career-high with 28 points as he made 8-of-16 treys, breaking the record for attempts as well. Winford, a 2008 graduate of Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, broke the previous record of seven 3-pointers set on 11 different occasions by five different Eagles. The latest was Marc Axton versus Gonzaga on Dec. 21, 2004, and the first was Greg Gaulding versus New Mexico on Feb. 1, 1987. Shannon Taylor had five of the performances during his two-year career from 1998-99. Winford’s previous career high for points was 20 set twice in the 2009-10 season as a redshirt freshman.

2009:10: He was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Winford was one of three freshman guards in the starting lineup, starting 12 of 28 games overall and nine of 16 in the Big Sky Conference. He averaged 6.9 points per game overall and 7.6  in league play, scoring in double figures a total of six times. He led Eastern in scoring three times, all coming in EWU’s last 12 games. He also led the team in steals on four occasions and blocked shots twice (with one). In a 100-97 overtime home victory over Seattle University (12/12/09), Winford closed the scoring in overtime with a pair of free throws with seven seconds left. He had a season high of 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in that game, then equaled his high with 20 points against Idaho State (1/22/10). He made 8-of-18 shots from the field with four 3-pointers against ISU, then finished with 19 points in EWU’s 74-69 win over Montana State (2/12/10). He suffered a concussion in Eastern’s second outing of the season against Washington State (11/16/09) and missed two games.

2008-09: Redshirted, but did play in EWU’s exhibition games. He did not score against Carroll (11/1/08), but had eight points on 4-of-8 shooting with a pair of steals in 10 minutes against Puget Sound (11/8/08).

High School: Graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, in 2008. Among his many honors, he was selected as the 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year in Alaska and was also picked as the 4A Player of the Year on the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska Media All-State basketball team. He averaged 22 points, five rebounds and four assists per game in leading his team to a runner-up finish in the State 4A Tournament. Winford helped the Golden Bears win their first Cook Inlet Conference championship since 2004. He was the league’s most valuable player and earned all-tournament team accolades at the state tournament as well as in his conference tourney. Bartlett lost to South Anchorage in the State 4A title game, with Winford scoring 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter. The Golden Bears nearly rallied from a 16-point deficit before losing 56-54. He scored a season-high 43 points against Durango High School in Nevada at the Las Vegas Valley Invitational. He made 15-of-25 shots from the field in that game, including 5-of-7 from the three-point line to go along with eight rebounds and three steals. As a junior, Winford earned honorable mention All-State honors from the Anchorage Daily News before enjoying a breakout season as a senior. As a freshman in 2005, he played with Mario Chalmers, who helped Kansas win the NCAA Championship in 2008. Chalmers earned Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors after hitting a dramatic 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime in KU’s 75-68 overtime triumph over Memphis in the title game. He was coached at Bartlett by Vernon Lindo Jr. Besides Chalmers, the Bartlett tradition includes several past talented players who earned league MVP honors and went on to play college basketball. Winford watched the Eagles when they played in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage in the 2007-08 season. He had a high school grade point average of 3.43.

Personal: Born May 8, 1990, in Wichita, Kan. Business administration major. From a military family, his parents are Kevin and Gwendolyn Winford.


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