Anson Winder has been an on again-off again starter for most of his BYU career. He began his career by redshirting as a freshman. The next season, Anson started 15 games, mostly at the point guard position while BYU waited for fellow red-shirt freshman Matt Carlino to become eligible. He showed flashes of potential while being a solid rotation player, especially showing value as an on ball defender. He ended up posting averages of 4.3 points, 1.7 assists, 1.6 rebounds, and 1 rebound. His season high for scoring was 20 points.
His sophomore year, Anson never started but did play in 31 games off the bench. His playing time did drop for awhile but he played in 25 straight games. He averaged 2.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, and .5 assists while shooting 38% from the field.
Playing time was really inconsistent for Anson during his junior season. While he technically played in every game, he played less than ten minutes in 9 games. In the games that he played more than ten minutes he was solid, and had some great games that really gave BYU a boost to make the NCAA tournament. Down the stretch of conference play and into the conference tournament, he gave a foreshadowing of his senior performance by scoring in double digits in five straight games.
Anson continued his great play in his senior season. He started the season by playing the role of sixth man, coming off the bench while scoring in bunches and playing great defense. Anson is enjoying his best season as a Cougar this season, despite being hobbled with a knee injury. He is the Cougars' second leading scorer, averaging 13 points per game. He has carried the load many times for BYU this season, most notably by scoring 25 points to go with 5 rebounds against UMass.
It is really disappointing that Anson has fallen prey to the injury bug that seems to have plagued the BYU athletics department this season. Not only could BYU use him on the court, but no one wants to end their season season hurting and not able to help their team. Here's to hoping that he gets well and finishes the season strong.
Good luck to Anson and all the seniors.