He may not get the national attention that he deserves, which is a crime in its own right, but Portland Pilots‘ senior guard Alec Wintering is one of the premier guards in the entire NCAA.
Over his entire collegiate career, the native of Charlotte, NC has done it all for the Pilots.
Wintering has averaged at least 7.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game in each season at Portland, while shooting at least 43.4% from the field in each of the last three years. He regularly stuffs the stat sheet, which makes it even more puzzling as to why more people aren’t talking about him and his talents.
We’ve been high on him over the past two seasons, and he keeps giving us more reasons to be excited about his future prospects.
This past week was no different, as he helped to lead the Pilots to two big wins in conference play to close out 2016 on a high note. Wintering averaged 23.5 points and 7.0 assists in the Pilots’ two wins last week, putting them a perfect 2-0 in WCC play and sending them into 2017 with a big boost of momentum.
After his impressive week, Wintering was rewarded for his efforts. Through a poll on Twitter, he was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of December 26 – January 1!
Wintering is the first player to receive a Player of the Week award in back-to-back seasons from College Court Report, as he won the award last season for the week of February 1 – 7, 2016.
Coming into the final week of 2016, Wintering was on quite the roll during the non-conference portion of the season. He had scored in double-figures in every game, and put up back-to-back 30+ point performances at the end of November.
Up first for the Pilots was a road date against the Pacific Tigers to open up West Coast Conference play. Wintering put up 24 points in Portland’s previous game, a 77-72 loss in overtime to the Cal State Fullerton Titans, and he was looking to build off that against the Tigers.
Portland would open up WCC play with a win over Pacific, 80-76, and Wintering was a big factor in the win. In 38 minutes of action, the senior recorded 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
What makes his performance even more impressive is the fact that he didn’t commit a single turnover on the day, and didn’t pick up a personal foul. His ability to secure the ball and avoid picking up any fouls put the Pilots in a great position to come away victorious.
Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, the Pilots returned home to close out the 2016 calendar year with a visit from the Pepperdine Waves. Again, it was another strong performance from Wintering that helped to lead Portland to the win.
Wintering played all 40 minutes of the Pilots’ 73-60 win over the Waves, recording 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. While he did commit five turnovers, they weren’t a big factor in the outcome of the game.
For the week, Wintering averaged 24.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists over the two wins, while shooting a combined 43.2% (16-of-37) from the field and 93.8% (15-of-16) from the free throw line. He also played a total of 78 minutes, of a combined 80, showcasing his durability to top everything off.
The one knock on Wintering’s game as a senior has been ball security. He is averaging 4.6 turnovers a game in 2016-17, and has recorded nine games with five or more giveaways. If he can become a bit more consistent in terms of ball security, then he will have a serious shot at being selected in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Regardless of the turnovers, there’s no reason why more people aren’t talking about him and the Pilots. He has been one of the most productive guards in the country over the past couple of years, and he can impact the game on both ends of the floor.
He can shoot, he can rebound, and he has great court vision to find the open man for higher percentage looks at the basket.
After another week of Alec Wintering doing what Alec Wintering does best, which is stuffing the stat sheet, the senior guard has been selected by fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of December 26 – January 1!
– T. Bennett
Dec. 12 – 18, 2016: Devin Carter, Arkansas State Red Wolves
Dec. 5 – 11, 2016: Jeremy Morgan, Northern Iowa Panthers
Dec. 5 – 11, 2016: Joe Cremo, Albany Great Danes
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4, 2016: LaVell Boyd, UMKC Kangaroos
Nov. 20 – 27, 2016: Egor Koulechov, Rice Owls
Nov. 14 – 20, 2016: Josh Robinson, Austin Peay Governors
Nov. 11 – 13, 2016: Alize Johnson, Missouri State Bears
**College Court Report Player of the Week recipients are selected from teams in the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC