23 - Kevin Winford
Kevin Winford
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
High School: Bartlett HS '08
Position: G
Experience: 3L*

Jim Hayford on Winford: “Kevin will have a strong senior season, as he plays fearless. Kevin can shoot the ball, he can drive the ball and he can play both guard positions. Kevin is an outstanding student.”

Career: Winford has played 88 games, and is just 18 from a spot on Eastern’s top 10 all-time list (teammate Jeffrey Forbes has played in 92). He ranks in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists for 3-point shooting. On career charts, his 110 makes are seventh and his 326 attempts are fifth. Winford’s 83.8 percent (62-of-74) accuracy shooting free throws would rank second had he met the minimums (he has 74 and would need 176). 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 (now sixth) in single season school history, and his 187 attempts were fourth (now fifth). 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).

2011-12: Was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the third-straight season. Winford only averaged 11.0 minutes per game as a junior, and averaged 2.1 points per game on 10-of-35 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc. He led Eastern in steals in three games and assists once. Although he averaged only 11.0 minutes per game, the Academic All-America nominee provided the play of the game in Eastern’s 104-54 victory over Linfield (11/8/11) with a dunk down the lane in traffic. He had to sit out against UCLA (12/14/11) and Pacific Lutheran (12/16/11) because of a swollen tongue. Winford bit his tongue in EWU’s game at Cal State Fullerton (12/11/11), then spent two days in a California hospital – some of it in intensive care -- because of an inordinate degree of swelling. He returning to play sparingly – just one minute -- against Saint Mary’s (12/1/11).

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 ranked fifth in single season school history (now sixth), and his 187 attempts were fourth (now 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.

 

Year

GP

GS

Min

Avg

FG

FGA

Pct

3FG

3FGA

Pct

FT

FTA

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Avg

PF

FO

Ast

TO

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

2009-10

28

12

531

19.0

69

182

.379

34

104

.327

22

25

.880

3

30

33

1.2

54

0

22

33

2

10

194

6.9

2010-11

30

22

792

26.4

98

261

.375

66

187

.353

34

41

.829

8

25

33

1.1

64

2

31

27

4

19

296

9.9

2011-12

30

1

329

11.0

23

63

.365

10

35

.286

6

8

.750

4

9

13

0.4

47

2

22

17

0

10

62

2.1

TOTAL

88

35

1652

18.8

190

506

.375

110

326

.337

62

74

.838

15

64

79

0.9

165

4

75

77

6

39

552

6.3

 

SINGLE-GAME HIGHS:

Points: 39, New Hope -- 12/4/10

Rebounds: 6, Seattle -- 12-12-09

Assists: 7, New Hope -- 12/4/10

Steals: 3, at Portland State -- 02/25/12

Blocks: 1, 7 times

FG made: 14, New Hope -- 12/4/10

FG attempts: 27, New Hope -- 12/4/10

3FG made: 10, New Hope -- 12/4/10

3FG attempts: 23, New Hope -- 12/4/10

FT made: 7, Northern Arizona -- 1/20/11

FT attempts: 8, Northern Arizona -- 1/20/11 ; Seattle -- 12-12-09

 
 
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