BYU announces signing of Anson Winder, returning missionaries

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Press releasePROVO -- BYU men's basketball coach Dave Rose announced Thursday the commitments of three players who will join the program for the 2010-11 season in addition to Kyle Collinsworth.

Guard Anson Winder of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas has signed a national letter of intent while forward Chris Collinsworth and guard Nick Martineau will return to BYU after completing their two-year missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


"We're pleased to have signed Anson Winder," Rose said. "He's a versatile guard and a terrific athlete. Anson is a very capable scorer and takes pride in being an excellent defender and rebounder. He will flourish in our transition game. Anson is a dedicated team player and was an integral part of Bishop Gorman High School's state championship team last season. He plays for a very successful high school coach, Grant Rice."

A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Winder will join the Cougar roster in 2010-11. Winder follows senior Jonathan Tavernari as the second player to join BYU from Bishop Gorman.

Under the direction of Rice, Winder helped lead Bishop Gorman to a 28-5 record, the 4A Nevada state title, the Sunset Regional title and the Sunset Southwest League title his junior season. He posted averaged of 13.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists and earned all-Southwest Sunset League honors and Bishop Gorman's 2009 Sportsmanship Award. At the High Energy Classic in Gillette, Wyo., Winder earned all-tournament honors.

Winder plays for the Triple Double Elite AAU team. Nevada, Portland, UC Riverside and Idaho also recruited Winder. This past summer he posted games with 40 and 36 points.

A 6-foot-9 forward with the skills to play at both the small and power forward positions, Collinsworth helped lead BYU to 27-8 record and an outright regular season MWC title. The older brother of recent BYU signee Kyle Collinsworth averaged 3.2 points and 4.8 rebounds while chipping in 14 blocks, 19 assists and nine steals. He led the Cougars in rebounding seven times while posting double-digit boards on three occasions. Collinsworth — who made six starts — posted career highs of 12 points against Colorado State in the MWC Tournament and 11 rebounds at UNLV during the regular season.

In high school Collinsworth led Provo High School to the 2007 4A state title while averaging 16.6 points and 12 rebounds. He was named the Gatorade Utah Boys' Player of the Year and received Deseret News 4A and All-Valley MVP honors.

Martineau, a 5-11 point guard out of Fruit Heights, Utah, played in 20 games as a true freshman. He averaged 5.8 minutes per game and totaled 13 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. Martineau posted career highs of six points and four assists against Loyola Marymount.

At Davis High Martineau averaged 15 points and six assists his senior year. He was named region MVP, earned first-team all-state honors and was named a UHSBCA All-Star.

(Courtesy Brigham Young University)

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