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Ohio Wesleyan’s
Andy Winters named
First Team All American

Winters, a 2009 graduate of BWHS, is named NCAC Player of the Year, D3 Hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District Player of the Year, D3 Hoops All American and NABC First Team All American.

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OWU Transcript - Winters receives national and regional recognition for basketball performance 3.28.13 :   Although the Ohio Wesleyan men’s basketball season ended two weeks ago, senior point guard Andy Winters continues to receive honors for his play this season.

Ohio Wesleyan (23-5) defeated St. Vincent (Pa.), 84-75, in first-round action on Saturday.   YouTube Video

  • Bishops' Winters Named to NABC All-America Teams

Senior guard Andy Winters (Columbus/Bishop Watterson) was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America teams, it was announced today by the NABC.

Winters was a first-team All-America selection.

Winters, a point guard, led the North Coast Athletic Conference and ranks fifth in the nation in assists with an average of 7.0 per game, and his assist/turnover ratio of 2.62/1 led the league and is 14th nationally. He ranked ninth in the conference in scoring at 14.1 points per game, was third in steals (1.6/game), and ranked 12th in field goal percentage (.473) and 13th in free throw percentage (.731). He also was named NCAC Player of the Year.

The Battling Bishops finished the season with a 23-6 record. Ohio Wesleyan finished second in the NCAC championship race with an 11-5 record, won the NCAC tournament, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

  • Bishops' Winters Selected for Reese's All-Star Game

Ohio Wesleyan University senior Andy Winters (Columbus/Bishop Watterson) was selected to play in the Reese's Division III All-Star game, it was announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va., prior to the NCAA Division III semifinal contests. The teams are comprised of 2 senior student-athletes from each of the 8 regions in Division III, as selected by a panel of coaches representing each region.

  • Senior guard Andy Winters (Columbus/Bishop Watterson) was voted Great Lakes Region Player of the Year by D3hoops.com.

Bishops' Winters, DeWitt Voted District Player, Coach of Year
Senior guard Andy Winters (Columbus/Bishop Watterson) was voted Great Lakes District Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, it was announced today by the NABC.

Winters also was a first-team all-district selection.

Winters, a point guard, led the North Coast Athletic Conference and ranks fifth in the nation in assists with an average of 7.0 per game, and his assist/turnover ratio of 2.62/1 led the league and is 14th nationally. He ranked ninth in the conference in scoring at 14.1 points per game, was third in steals (1.6/game), and ranked 12th in field goal percentage (.473) and 13th in free throw percentage (.731). He also was named NCAC Player of the Year.

Ohio Wesleyan head coach Mike DeWitt also was honored by the NABC, sharing Great Lakes District Coach of the Year laurels.

The Battling Bishops finished the season with a 23-6 record. Ohio Wesleyan finished second in the NCAC championship race with an 11-5 record, won the NCAC tournament, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

College basketball:
Winters is a coach on the floor for Ohio Wesleyan

Columbus Dispatch 3.2.13

There are times in a game when Ohio Wesleyan coach Mike DeWitt will have a gut feeling about which play will work against a particular defense. He will then begin to flash a hand sign to point guard Andy Winters.

At the same moment, Winters will glance at DeWitt and give the same sign.

"That happens a lot, when we call the same play,"  DeWitt said. "Then I'll sit back down and watch Andy run the team.

"I've given him a lot of freedom to run things, and it was a challenge for me to give up that control, but Andy does such a great job of controlling play and tempo that it's good for our team."

Winters, a 6-foot senior and a Watterson graduate, has been the leading man in the Battling Bishops' run to the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship and a second straight appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament. Ohio Wesleyan (22-5) faces Saint Vincent, Pa. (23-5) in the first round tonight at Rickey Arena.

Winters was voted the NCAC Player of the Year for good reason. He is averaging 13.6 points, 1.7 steals and 7.2 assists. He ranks fourth nationally in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.77-to-1). Small-college coaches knew years ago that they dropped the ball in failing to recruit Winters. Ohio Wesleyan was the only
school that showed interest.

DeWitt told Winters that he might have to wait until his junior year to contribute as a backup.

"But I remember calling my dad after some open gyms and telling him that I thought I could make an impact right away," Winters said.

Upperclassmen told DeWitt as much.

"Those players told me I would not believe how good Andy Winters was," DeWitt said. "They told me no one could see the entire floor like he could and no one could deliver the ball on the spot like he could."

Winters led the NCAC in assists four straight years. He ranks third in conference history in assists for a season (194 this season) and a career (606).

It helped that Winters played youth basketball for his father, a former coach at Watterson. Mike Winters is the principal at Hartley.

"I'm fortunate that I had my dad teach me how to play the right way," Andy said. "I still hear him yelling about getting into my (defensive) stance from the stands. Then I had Mr. (Vince) Lombardo in high school. He showed me so many things about the game. Then I come here, and I've got Coach DeWitt."

Senior guard Taylor Rieger of Olentangy Orange can appreciate what Winters does for him. Rieger led the NCAC in three-pointers per game (2.4) and ranked second in three-point percentage (.425).

"Andy is the best distributing point guard that I've ever played with," Rieger said. "We have these hand signals designed to free me up for shots. As soon as I find my spot, the ball is right there. I get so many good looks at the basket. The same thing happens when I'm on the break or when I'm slashing to the basket. The ball is always there."

Columbus Dispatch By Mark Znidar 03.02.2013 DELAWARE, Ohio