Sunday, July 23, 2006

Kennedy Winston regrets leaving early for the draft

"Knowing what I know now, I'd rather have stayed and played my last year," Kennedy said. "When you're out here, you're done with school. You can't go back. And then you realize, college is your best time. I just didn't realize it."

Winston, who turns 22 at the end of the month, never had to worry about impressing a basketball coach before. The 2002 Mr. Basketball for the state of Alabama averaged 33.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.4 steals as a senior at Prichard's Blount High.

Considered one of the top recruits in the nation, Winston signed first with California, then received a release to stay closer to home, and signed with Alabama.

His career numbers for the Tide were solid. After missing his freshman year with a knee injury, Winston averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game during the next two years. The scouting report indicated he was made for an NBA shooting guard. And when Winston declared for the draft after his junior season, he was convinced it was the start of a long, successful NBA career.

"My whole life changed on that one night (of the NBA draft)," Winston said. "It has been very, very tough - the toughest period of my life."

The rest of the article can be read here:
Winston regrets leaving early

Don't cry for Winston as he pulled in 130K last year in Spain. He made a mistake leaving early, but in the end he's still doing ok. I wish him the best of luck in his pursuit of a NBA career.


Anonymous said...

Kennedy is not only a great basket ball player but a marvelous human being. He gives from his heart. Just last year he visited a terminally ill fan who lives some 30 miles outside of Birmingham and took him an artographed jersey from Greece. -Great Guy that Ken...

Anonymous said...

Hey Kennedy we love you. May the blessings of Jehova God keep his hands on you. Ms. R. and Reece

Anonymous said...


We were sure rooting for you. We are in March madness and decided to google your name.

Never quit, remember every miracle in the bible started with a problem.

PHIL 4:13

From your Alaskan friends and during the shoot out!

The T family