Winston with Panathinaikos.
July 29, 1984 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Mattie T. Blount (Prichard, Alabama)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2014–2015||Halcones de Xalapa|
|2015||Guaiqueríes de Margarita|
|2016||Club Atlético Peñarol|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kennedy Lawrence Winston (born July 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Club Atlético Peñarol of the Liga Nacional de Básquet. He is a former college basketball player with the University of Alabama. Kennedy left college one year early to pursue his dreams of playing in the NBA. He was not drafted by an NBA team in 2005, so he took his game overseas.
Winston was a basketball star at Mattie T. Blount High School in Prichard, Alabama, where he won the Alabama Mr. Basketball award and was Gatorade's state Player Of The Year his senior year in 2002. He originally signed a letter of intent to play at the University of California, but decided he needed to be closer to his ill mother. After the University of California granted him his release, he signed with the University of Alabama. He was the top scorer with the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide for two seasons and he led the SEC conference in scoring in 2005, averaging 17.9 points per game. He was also a 2-time All-SEC first team player in both 2004 and 2005. He led his team to the NCAA tournament in both 2004 and 2005, advancing as far as the Elite Eight in one of the years.
Winston declared for the 2005 NBA Draft after his junior year, and was expected to go somewhere in the middle of the first round. But to the shock & surprise of Winston and his supporters, he wasn't drafted. Winston worked out as an undrafted free agent for some NBA teams but eventually went to Europe to play pro ball. He played an important role for his team Panionios in the Greek League 2006-07 season, as he was the team's first scorer, averaging 14.9 points per game, plus 3.2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 turnovers per game in 32.3 minutes per game. He was the team's co-MVP that season, along with teammate Stratos Perperoglou, and at the end of the season they both landed contracts with the Greek power Panathinaikos.
In his first season with Panathinaikos, Winston averaged 8 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game in 19 minutes per game in the Greek League. In the 2007-08 Greek League post season, in 10 games, he averaged 5.9 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game in 16.2 minutes of play. He drew the media's attention on February 17, 2008, after scoring 26 points with 7-8 3-pointers made against Panathinaikos' archrivals Olympiacos Piraeus. With Panathinaikos he won the both Greek League and the Greek Cup titles that season.
In August 2009, he signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A for the 2009–10 season. In August 2010 he signed a one-year contract for the 2010-11 season with Virtus Bologna. In November 2011, he signed a six-week contract with Telenet Oostende. After contract expired he extended his contract till the end of the season.
On December 27, 2012, he signed with BCM Gravelines of France for the rest of the 2012–13 season. In August 2013, he signed a one-year deal with Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia. Only 5 days later he was waived, because of some physical problems. In September 2013, he signed with Amchit Club of Lebanon. In January 2014, he returned to France and signed with Olympique Antibes for the rest of the season.
On November 26, 2014, Winston signed with Halcones de Xalapa of Mexico. In January 2015, he left the Mexican team and signed with Club Malvín of Uruguay. He helped his team to win the 2015 Uruguayan championship. In May 2015, he signed with Guaiqueríes de Margarita of Venezuela for the rest of the 2015 LPB season.
- Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year for Alabama
- "Kennedy Winston goes undrafted". tuscaloosanews.com. June 29, 2005. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Turk Telekom lands Kennedy Winston". Eurocupbasketball.com. July 30, 2008. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Real Madrid signed Winston and released Hosley". Sportando.com. February 24, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Virtus Roma reels in small forward Kennedy Winston". Euroleague.net. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Telenet Oostende signs Ken Winston to a six-week contract". Sportando.net. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Kennedy Winston decides to stay with Telenet Oostende". Sportando.net. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Gravelines-Dunkerque officially tabs Kennedy Winston". Sportando.net. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia announced Ken Winston". Sportando.net. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "Reggio Emilia waive Ken Winston". Sportando.net. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Kennedy Winston now with Amchit". Court-side.com. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "Kennedy Winston added by Antibes". court-side.com. January 14, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Kennedy Winston signs in Mexico with Halcones de Xalapa". Sportando.com. November 26, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
- "Kennedy Winston". oneorangesports.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- "Kenendy Winston signs with Guaiqueries de Margarita". Sportando.com. May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.