KUALA LUMPUR – Shaun Bruce was a one-game import that the Dragons needed as Sundiata Gaines was not fit (meniscus injury) for last Friday’s game against Singapore Slingers.

That one game out of the way, the team management would need someone to replace Bruce’s place in the team.

Enter Winston Shepard, an American professional basketball player that currently plays for the Maccabi Ashdod in the Israeli Premier League (IPL).

Coach Jamie thinks of him in high regard saying “When I coached against him in the New Zealand Basketball League (NBL) I was impressed with his ability to not only score the ball but also create for others.”

“He is a great decision maker off on ball screens whilst also being a highly skilled post player. He will be a tough cover for all teams in this league.”

Versatile and agile, Coach Jamie said that Winston has the ability to play many positions on the floor.

He added, “Winston will be our point guard, but with his size, he gives us the ability to produce variations of our line-ups, which we can play to our oppositions strengths and weaknesses.”

Standing at 203cm tall and weighing in at 95kg, Shepard was born in Houston, Texas on September 22nd, 1993.

In 2012, Winston started playing basketball in high school in Findlay Prep, Nevada where he led his team 32-1 as a senior to win the ESPNHS National High School Invitational title. He then signed with San Diego State wanting to be their best recruit.

Winston back in his schooling days with San Diego State

His professional career started in 2016 when he played with the Golden State Warriors during the NBA Summer League that season. The following year, he entered the NBA Summer League again but this time with the Atlanta Hawks.

Making his name out there, that same year he was picked up by the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League where his stats were 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

In 2018, he was part of the NBL All-Star Five team where he averaged at 18.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game over eighteen games.

Dragons next #AWAY games will be on 7th (Zhuhai Wolf Warriors) and 9th (Saigon Heat) December.