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Notebook: Winston Shepard expanding game

Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:04 pm

By Jeff Borzello

With the way Shabazz Muhammad is playing lately, it might be tough for anyone else on Dream Vision to get attention – especially offensively.

Winston Shepard is finding other ways to make an impact on the court, though.

“I can handle the ball, I’m a playmaker,” Shepard said. “I get to the rim, I shoot free throws. I can defend one through four.”

The 6-foot-8 Findlay Prep (Nev.) product has improved his all-around game, using his versatility and wide-ranging skill set to create match-up problems at both ends of the floor. He is very athletic and finishes efficiently at the rim and in transition. Shepard has a great motor and is active defensively.

He insists he is not being overshadowed by Muhammad’s offensive exploits on the AAU circuit.

“I don’t look at it like that,” Shepard said. “We both do good things. People know I can play, I know I can play.”

There are 11 schools currently in the mix for Shepard: Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Memphis, New Mexico, San Diego State, UCLA, UNLV, UTEP, Kentucky and Missouri.

He said there are no favorites, but he plans to cut his list in July and then take all five of his visits in the fall before making a decision. 

Demetris Morant dominates defensively

For a player who is still in the early stages of his offensive game, Demetris Morant gets an awful lot of exposure.

The reason is simple: Morant is one of the best shot-blockers in the country.

The 6-foot-8 Bishop Gorman (Nev.) big man has outstanding timing on the defensive end, using his length and athleticism to dominate that side of the floor. He can rebound effectively, and is extremely quick off the ground.

Clearly, Morant needs to improve his offense – but he is aware of his deficiencies at that end.

“I’m working on my post moves, doing shooting drills, working on my ball handling,” he said.

Morant is hearing from San Diego State, UNLV, Texas A&M, Memphis, Utah, Drake, New Mexico, Arizona State and San Francisco. Back in January, he said Arizona was in the mix but now says he hasn’t heard from the Wildcats recently.

“I’m looking for a good basketball program, a good academic school,” Morant said.

Photo: Lawrence Journal-World

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