The University of Utah men's basketball team has added walk-on Eris Winder for the 2014-15 season. Winder, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, has good ball handling skills and excellent court vision. A lead guard with long arms, quickness, and the ability to score, Winder joins a deep and talented Utes backcourt.
"Eris is a welcome addition to our team for the upcoming season," head coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "He brings a competitive spirit along with a hard-working attitude and exemplifies what we look for in a student-athlete here at Utah."
A McDonalds All-American nominee after his senior season at Palo Verde High School, Winder averaged 17.3 points, 5.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals. Winder spent this past year as a member of the Elev8 Sports Institute post graduate roster. Even while Winder displayed the ability to score points in bunches in high school, he averaged 5.9 assists for his junior and senior seasons.
According to Ray Brewer, senior sports editor at the Las Vegas Sun, Winder is a "Good kid. Can get to the line. Worth the risk for Utah as a walk-on." Brewer noted he saw Winder at an open gym playing with other, mid-major college players and dominated.