Monday, January 24, 2005
TUSCALOOSA – For the fifth time in his career and the second time this season, the University of Alabama’s Kennedy Winston has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
His latest honor comes complements of back-to-back games where he scored 24 points in a 49-point home win against then No. 19 ranked Mississippi State on January 18 followed by 26 points to lead a 66-58 road win—Alabama’s first since 1997—at Ole Miss on Saturday. Against Ole Miss Winston was 8 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range and was 6 of 7 at the free throw line. He had six rebounds and two assists as well. Against Mississippi State the Prichard native was 8 of 16 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range and was 4 of 4 at the free throw line. He had four rebounds and four assists.
For the week the 6-foot-6 junior forward averaged 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
He was honored by the league as its SEC Player of the Week on December 6 as well and three times last season. His five SEC Player of the Week honors is a University of Alabama school record as were his three times honored in a single season last year.
Winston is averaging 17.8 points and 5.8 rebounds after 18 games this season. He’s averaging 20.0 points against the SEC where he ranks second in the league in scoring in SEC vs. SEC games.