|High School:||Bartlett HS '08|
Kirk Earlywine on Winford: “We’ll need Kevin to step up and hits shots on the perimeter for us. He’ll play both guard positions for us, but more than anything else, we need him to shoot the ball well. He’s more than proven he can do that in practice. He’s a year older, a year more experienced and a year stronger now, and I expect him to have an outstanding sophomore season. He is very athletic and very smart – his decision-making and maturity are beyond his years. I expect Kevin to be one of the cornerstones of our program for the next two years.”
2009:10: He was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team and has a current 3.44 grade point average at Eastern. 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 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 three-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 three-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. Computer engineering software major. From a military family, his parents are Kevin and Gwendolyn Winford.