IHCC Hoop Stars Go Division I
By jvanarkel, April 18, 2014
Two more Indian Hills basketball players have moved on to Division I programs this week. IHCC sophomore Quevyn Winters has signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Washington, and Marcus Posley has signed a letter of intent to attend St. Bonaventure University in New York.
Winters will make it two players off this year’s national runner-up IHCC team to play in the Pac-12 next year. Teammate Roosevelt Scott signed with Arizona State in the early signing period last fall.
Winters came to Indian Hills after a year at Duquesne University and enjoyed a solid season with the Warriors. He averaged 12.3 points and five rebounds a game and was third on the team in 3-pointers with 58. He shot nearly 39 percent from 3-point range, 40 percent from the field and almost 73 percent from the foul line.
The future Washington Husky said he looks forward to getting to his new school. “I’m really versatile. I’m a scorer and a shooter, as our fans saw this year, but I can also defend multiple positions.”
At Washington, Winters will play for coach Lorenzo Romar, who attended a late-season IHCC home game at the Hellyer Center and also traveled to Hutchinson, Kan., to watch Winters play in the national tournament.
“Coach Romar and (assistant) coach (T.J.) Otzelberger are good guys,” Winters said. “Coach Otzelberger (a former assistant at Iowa State) recruited me when I was in high school. The coaches are real genuine and they care about you on and off the court. Whatever they want my role to be, I’ll do it.”
The native of Milwaukee, Wis., was named honorable mention All-Region.
When asked if he got what he was looking for when he left Duquesne after his freshman season, Winters said, “Definitely. I really enjoyed my year at Indian Hills. It’s a good school. We had a great run this year.”
After a season in which he threatened to break the Indian Hills record for 3-pointers in a season, Posley is going back to the NCAA Division I ranks to continue his education and basketball career. St. Bonaventure, coached by Mark Schmidt, were 18-15 this past season and are a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, which their newest recruit describes as a “very competitive league,” one that includes Dayton, St. Louis and VCU.
After transferring to IHCC from Ball State University, Posley averaged 13.4 points for the Warriors’ national runner-up team, and hit 90 3-pointers, fourth in school history. He came up shy of the 102 threes made by Dwight Hardy in 2007-08.
The Rockford, Ill., native shot 38 percent from behind the arc, 44 percent overall from the field and 70 percent from the foul line.
He had a season-high eight threes in one game and as many as five in six other contests.
The Warriors’ chances in the national title game were hampered when Posley sustained a foot injury in the semifinal game and he was not a factor the next night, scoring only two points.
After taking his official visit to St. Bonaventure last week, Posley said he feels the school is similar to Indian Hills in the level of support it has in the community and its “family-type feeling.”
“I like the potential of next year’s (St. Bonaventure) team,” Posley said, “and I think I can be one of the missing pieces” for a squad that lost its leading scorer from last year.
Posley played in 30 games as a freshman at Ball State, averaging 6.5 points, and left when a new coaching staff was brought in. He said his shooting really improved during his time at Indian Hills, a fact proven by his statistics.
“I couldn’t have picked a better school to transfer to than Indian Hills,” Posley emphasized. “It was a great choice for me.”
Posley said St. Bonaventure is regarded as a great academic school, something that was very important to him in choosing a new home for the next two years.
In addition to Scott, IHCC also had Lester Medford, recently named a first-team All-American, sign a letter of intent last fall. Medford is headed to Baylor.