"Knowing what I know now, I'd rather have stayed and played my last year," Kennedy said. "When you're out here, you're done with school. You can't go back. And then you realize, college is your best time. I just didn't realize it."
Winston, who turns 22 at the end of the month, never had to worry about impressing a basketball coach before. The 2002 Mr. Basketball for the state of Alabama averaged 33.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.4 steals as a senior at Prichard's Blount High.
Considered one of the top recruits in the nation, Winston signed first with California, then received a release to stay closer to home, and signed with Alabama.
His career numbers for the Tide were solid. After missing his freshman year with a knee injury, Winston averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game during the next two years. The scouting report indicated he was made for an NBA shooting guard. And when Winston declared for the draft after his junior season, he was convinced it was the start of a long, successful NBA career.
"My whole life changed on that one night (of the NBA draft)," Winston said. "It has been very, very tough - the toughest period of my life."
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Winston regrets leaving early
Don't cry for Winston as he pulled in 130K last year in Spain. He made a mistake leaving early, but in the end he's still doing ok. I wish him the best of luck in his pursuit of a NBA career.