@JonAI don't know that it is strange. Being a great HS
basketball player does not always transfer to being a top college prospect, much
like being a great college player does not always transfer to being a great
professional prospect. Let me give you an example I personally know of.Back in 1984 there was a HS basketball player at my HS (Provo HS) named David
Houtz. He was a great HS basketball player and in fact wasn't just a
Mcdonald's All American nominee he was an actual McDonalds All American. He
was a big man for HS basketball 6'6" with a good build but he was too
short to be a college big man and not athletic enough (ie quick, jump high, ball
handler, outside shooter) to be a guard in college so he didn't get much
major college interest, just JC interest. I'm not sure but I don't
think he ever played college basketball. But he was a McDonalds All American and
a great HS player.I don't know if Winder will be good or not
but I hope that helps answer your question.
How is a McDonald's All-American nominee a walk-on? Something doesn't
seem right here. Did he experience some kind of injury after being a nominee or
was he not eligible due to grades/ACT score etc?Don't get me
wrong, as a Ute fan I'm happy to have him, but that's strange that
he'd be a walk-on.
@VegasUte...Good point...Utah needs to start winning road games.I'm confident they will.This is the first season since the last
year of Bogut...that Ireally look forward to the start...
@PacUtes:I won't be too excited until we start winning our road
games. I know the preseason rankings mean nothing, I just like the idea that
Coach K is getting the recognition he deserves for turning the program around.
I have much more optimism this year than any other year since the Majerus days,
but that optimism is tempered. I do believe in Coach K, even if this year is
not a huge break-out year. Go Utes!!
Utah, thank you for giving us our money's worth:"To all the
"We're #1" ute fans" - that would be Chris B. "Get your
facts straight"Thanks for dropping by!Go Utes!!
To all the "We're #1" ute fans, the article says he is a nominee
only. I am sure that there are thousands of them out there. Get your facts
straight and please remember that you you have road games that actually count in
your w-l record and we all know how that turns out.
@thebigsamoanBut he isn't a McDonalds All American. I
wasn't commenting on whether or not he is a quality player as I really
don't know but a McDonalds All American he isn't. But it isn't
about the player anyway, it is about another utah "fan" who is always
commenting about, and running down, BYU and its fans making a false statement
and deserving to have it pointed out.
He will really help us win Carroll College!Go Utes!
@Duckhunter,It's ok man, no big deal! To some, if you're
an All American nominee, you ARE considered an All American! Time will tell if
he plays like one indeed! Meantime, let's allow their fans to bask in the
thrill of adding another quality player on their roster. I can't wait to
see them come to the Huntsman Center. I've been hearing a lot about how
they're going to defeat the Cougars again this year, and in fact that
worries me a bit. With Mika missing from the line up, I don't really know
if we can match up with them. Hoping for a different outcome though than last
year.Good luck to the Utes in all their games except against our
Seems like a pretty solid pick up, especially for a walk-on. Good luck, and
congratulations to Winder
@robin"A McDonald's All-American is joining the Utes as a
walk-on? Man, Larry K can recruit!"Nope. You probably need to
re-read the article.
Best of luck to this young man on the court and in school at the U.BTW, there were over 400 McDonald's All-American Nominees in 2013, the 24
that played in the All-American game were selected from those 400+ nominees.
Winder was one of 13 players from Nevada nominated that year (there were 9
nominated from the state of Utah). He was not selected as a McDonald's
@VegasUte: don't be too excited now.Only 2 Pac-12 teams on the
preseason ranking:#1 AZ and #25 OregonUtah will make the top
25 by December.Mark my words!
This is nice, and a fun addition to the story of the rivalry for when the Utes
go to BYU, but realistically he doesn't project to be playing much.
He's a walk on playing behind two seasoned veterans in Taylor and Wright,
and another promising combo guard in Ogbe. If he plays at all, it is likely to
be a few minutes here and there like what Van Dyke got last year. Still, a
welcome addition to the team, and a quality player for practice at the very
least. Welcome aboard, young man, and good luck.
Sporting News came out with it's 2014/2015 preseason rankings. Utah is 21.
Considering what Coach K inherited, what he has done with the team in three
short years and the strength of schedule for this season, that is high praise
indeed!! Love it!Go Utes!
Wow. And things were looking bright before this kid commit.No
reason we can't be dancing next season. And I look forward to the
A McDonald's All-American is joining the Utes as a walk-on? Man, Larry K
U-PAC,I really enjoy your comments. sounds like you really do your
homework before you comment. I too am excited about the upcoming season. Where
in the top ten in the nation would you put your money on the Utes finishing this
east of utah, his first cousin, from what I've gathered.
Any relationship to Anson Winder of BYU?