The play of senior forward Donte' Grantham is one of the big reasons Martinsburg is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAA.
Winters, who has started 81 games in his Blue Eagles career and scored 1,540 points, will probably wind up at a Division II program because, as Tallman said, "he loves to play and wouldn't really like to go and wait two, three years to play.''
There's also the fact that Winters doesn't quite fit into the mold of most D1 players, being a shade too short for the front line and perhaps too stocky for the backcourt, though he's developed a nice stroke from 3-point range.
"He's a good athlete,'' Tallman said. "He's no stiff. He handles the ball for us sometimes against pressure [defense]. In 11 games, he's got 11 turnovers, and that's phenomenal.''
So far, Tallman said, Wheeling Jesuit is the only Division II school to offer Winters a full ride, but West Liberty, the nation's No. 1 team in D2, has told him "not to be in a hurry to sign,'' because they may come through with something.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
Other players who could draw support for the Bill Evans Award as the boys basketball player of the year in West Virginia (listed alphabetically):
TaRon Ayers, Summers County - A 5-10 junior guard and transfer from Woodrow Wilson who averages 26.6 points.
Chase Connor, Shady Spring - A 6-2 senior guard who led the state in scoring last year (28.3 ppg) and averages 23.6 this season.
Levi Cook, Liberty Raleigh - A 6-10, 305-pound sophomore who's already given a verbal commitment to WVU and averages 23.6 points.
Anthony Eades, Bluefield - A 6-3 junior who helped the Beavers to last year's AA title game, he averages 18.5 points for this season's No. 1-ranked team.
Travon Horton, Fairmont Senior - A 6-1 senior guard averaging 21 points for the Polar Bears (8-3, No. 8 in AA).
Jalen Lewis, Martinsburg - A 6-2, 175-pound senior shooting guard whose 17.4 scoring average leads the unbeaten Bulldogs (10-0, No. 1 in AAA).
Mackenzie Martin, Chapmanville - A 6-4, 240-pound senior who had nearly 1,100 career points before the season started. Leads the Cardinal Conference at 20.8 points per game.
Ryan Meadows, Princeton - A 5-10 senior point guard leading the resurgence of the Tigers (9-2, No. 6 in AAA). Ranks second to Eddy in MSAC scoring at 22.7 points per game.
Brett Morris, Webster County - A 6-4, 180-pound senior wing who averages 24 points for the Highlanders (7-1, No. 6 in AA), whom he led to last year's state tournament.
Mikey Newsome, Tug Valley - A 5-11 senior guard and returning first-team all-stater for last year's AA state champ. He averages 18.6 ppg this season.
Wes Mitchem, Parkersburg South - A 6-4 senior who averages 21.2 points and 9.2 rebounds against a solid schedule.
Rondale Watson, Greenbrier East - A 6-3 junior guard-forward and transfer from Oak Hill who averages 24.5 points for the Spartans (11-0, No. 4 in AAA).