Winona State men’s basketball set to raise the bar in 2019

Wagner, Whitelow, Taylor to lead the way

Winona State men’s basketball is set to begin a new season Friday at the Central Region Challenge in Kansas City.

The Warriors are projected for a third place finish in the NSIC South after a 14-17 season that ended in the conference tournament semifinals.

Winona State returns three starters, including lone senior Caleb Wagner and juniors Kevion Taylor and Devin Whitelow. Whitelow is coming off a season in which he set an NCAA record with a 5.96 assist to turnover ratio, and that decision-making at point guard will set a strong tone early.

“He’s a consummate point guard,” fifth-year head coach Todd Eisner said of Whitelow. “He’s always looking to get his teammates the ball when they’re open, where they’re open. He’s got great toughness, great leadership skills, great basketball IQ. When you have a really good point guard it makes everyone else’s job really easy.

“We think we’ve got a chance, if we can defend at a higher level consistently, to hopefully do some things that will put us in a more improved spot at the end of the year.”

The Warriors’ home opener is set for Nov. 13.

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