Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dre Winston Jr. Transfers to Portland St.

Portland St. recently picked up a transfer to add to an already large recruiting haul. Dre Winston Jr, formerly of Washington St.

"Dre is an extremely quick, athletic guard. In fact, with he and (freshman signee) Gary Winston (no relation), we have two of the top athletic guards from that class ('10) in Washington. They are two guys we are really excited about for the future."
Winston is 6'1'', and will have three years of eligibility remaining, making it a nice get for Portland St and head coach Tyler Geving. Winston played only a bit role as a freshman, so it should not be a huge loss for them. In 26 games he scored 15 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, and doled out 8 assists. For a major conference team, that should be a sustainable loss. Indeed, Cougars fans don't seem too worried:

To be clear, I don't see this as a huge loss. Winston's ceiling seemed to be a role-player using only a marginal amount of minutes, though he didn't get much time to shine in his freshman campaign. When he was on the floor, though, he was next-to-invisible and struggled. It could've changed, of course, but when a player is in over their heads from the start, they face an uphill battle.
But it is a nice get for the Vikings. If reports that he struggled to grasp the system are true, a year off for his transfer season will be a nice help. It seems he will certainly be in the mix for a starting role in 2012-2013. He is also a northwest guy, which is big for recruiting inroads.

It seems like it works out well for both parties. Winston was not likely to play big minutes for the Cougs and appeared to be a fringe Pac-12 player. With Portland State he could develop into a nice rotation guy.

In the end, Winston decided that Ken Bone's old team was a better fit for him than Ken Bone's new team.

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