Duquesne's Quevyn Winters has decided to transfer to a school closer to home, costing the basketball program one of its top freshmen.
The 6-foot-5 forward from Milwaukee was part of coach Jim Ferry's first recruiting class and started the Dukes' final eight games. His 9.6 scoring average ranked third on the team.
Winters said Monday he's leaving. The death of his great-grandmother in December influenced his decision, he said. While home during Easter break, he began seriously contemplating a transfer.
“I just want to be closer to home, so I can be with my family,” said Winters, who hasn't chosen a transfer destination. “It was really kind of up in the air toward the end of the year, but once I went home and got to see my family over break, that's when I realized I've got to stay home and be with them.”
Duquesne (8-22, 1-15) finished last in the Atlantic 10. Winters scored 22 points in that lone victory at Temple. The losing was “frustrating,” he said, but also insisted that wasn't why he decided to leave. The team “definitely” will find success, he said. Teammates and coaches encouraged him to stay.
“They still want me to be here,” Winters said, “but they were supportive.”
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