Tide Signs State of Alabama's 'Mr. Basketball'


Kennedy Winston decides to attend his home state school
Thursday, April 18, 2002

Head Coach Mark Gottfried

TUSCALOOSA – Kennedy Winston, a 6-foot-7, 200 pound wing-forward from Blount High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Alabama. Winston is the 2002 “Mr. Basketball” in the State of Alabama (Alabama Sportswriters Association) and The Birmingham News state Player of the Year.

Winston, who has been selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game in June, led Blount to the 5A state championship in 2001, his junior season, and to the state championship game in 2002, his senior year. The Prichard native has scored more than 2,000 career points, averaging 33.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 2.7 blocks,  and 2.4 steals his senior year. Winston was the Final Four MVP and won two Southwest Regional MVP awards.

“We are excited to have Kennedy Winston join our program,” said University of Alabama basketball coach Mark Gottfried. “He’s a terrific player and his future is very bright. I like the fact that his team won the state championship as a junior and played in the state championship game this past season. He’s accustomed to winning and will bring that attitude into our program. He’s been well-coached in high school and I think he’s going to be a great asset for the University of Alabama.”