Posted On: 01/9/18 5:00 AM
There’s a lot of buzz starting to come out of Northwest Iowa about Bishop Garrigan’s 6-foot-7 forward Angelo Winkel.
The freshman has a reputation for being a very bouncy big-man, with an ability to step out and can a 3-ball.
He’s averaging 14 points per game on 64 percent shooting (42% from 3), 7.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game so far this season.
We recently caught up with the freshman phenom, and he explained his skill-set, and what makes him such a dynamic young prospect.
“I think my best asset is my footwork inside; I’d say I have pretty good moves inside and I can step out and hit open jump-shots if I need to,” said Winkel.
“I think with my versatility, I’ll play more of a stretch-four at the next level. So I can step out and hit the 3 and still have an inside/outside game.”
Athleticism is also an obvious strength of his, he was dunking for the first time during his seventh-grade summer. Now, he says he’s able to do 360s and windmills.
“It’s really nice knowing that if I catch it anywhere near the hoop I can go up and dunk over people,” said Winkel. “It helps a lot.”
And with his individual success has come team success, too. The Golden Bears are 9-1 through their first 10 games, and seem poised for a strong finish.
“I think our team has a real shot of making it deep into the playoffs, and then hopefully make the state tournament and win a state championship,” said Winkel.
“For myself, I’m hoping to make first-team all-conference, and hopefully if we make state I can get close to making third-team all-state or something like that — which is really hard for a freshman, but that’s just a goal.”
When his freshman is complete, it’ll be off to grassroots ball, where Winkel — though he has options — says he’ll stick with All Iowa Attack for his 15U summer.
He’s already receiving some Division I attention, and that could snowball this spring and summer.
“North Dakota came to our game against Algona, and they said they liked me a lot. And one of the Barnstormers coaches has been talking to me about me to UNI,” said Winkel. “And I hope I can go to a D1 school like UNI, that’s my ultimate goal.”