WCC Preseason Power Rankings: No. 10: Alec Wintering, Portland
Weight: 170 pounds
2014–15 stats: Started all 33 games, team-high 32.2 minutes, 12.3 points, 5.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 43% FG, 46% 3FG
The first thing you might notice about Wintering is his socks. The logo is upside down, thanks to the way in which Wintering folds the top of his Nike crews.
It’s a fun twist on the famous company’s stipulation that its logo must face forward. Well, technically, Wintering follows that: he just has it facing forward in his own, upturned way.
The next thing you learn is that, in his senior year of high school, Wintering was coached by Muggsy Bogues, the former NBA floor general. Cool tics and six degrees aside, the Portland junior has emerged as perhaps the top returning point guard in the West Coast Conference.
There is serious cred to that credential. Wintering has started 60 games over two seasons, and has posted consistent, admirable production. He finished his freshman season with the third-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference. As a sophomore, he was named second team all-league.
Now an upperclassman, he will be counted upon to help bridge the gap in production left by departed seniors Kevin Bailey (14.6 points) and Thomas Van Der Mars (10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds), while ushering in a class of seven newcomers.
Portland’s fortunes will in large part depend upon how well Wintering performs that latter task. It’s a good bet he’ll be up to the challenge.