If you were born around or prior to 1980, you may be familiar with the name Wingfield. Dontonio Wingfield was a troubled but ultra-talented 6-foot-8 man-child
from Westover High School in Georgia that played at UC en route to an NBA career. These days his son - Dontonio “DJ” Wingfield Jr. - is a talent in his own right. Oh yeah, he's only a freshman.
If you were born around or prior to 1980, you may be familiar with the name Wingfield. If not, let us catch you up to speed.
Dontonio Wingfield was a troubled but ultra-talented 6-foot-8 man-child from Westover High School in Georgia that was recruited by former University of Cincinnati head coach Bob Huggins. Wingfield was a 1993 McDonald’s All-American and won four state championships in his high school playing days. However, soon after his last state championship he enrolled at Taft High School in Cincinnati to get his academics in line.
After one season at UC averaging 16 points and nine rebounds, Wingfield decided to turn pro.
In 1994, the Westover-product was drafted in the 2nd Round (37th overall) by the Seattle Supersonics. Three players including Jason Kidd, Donyell Marshall, and Juwan Howard are still active from that draft, but for Wingfield things have been far from glorious since being drafted by the Seattle-based club.
After a short-lived NBA career spanning four years in Seattle and Portland, Wingfield’s career came to an abrupt end. The former UC Bearcat star, which was thought by many as one of the greatest young players they had ever seen, was in an accident that nearly took his life. After getting out of the hospital, he spent time in prison for assaulting two police officers and spent years living in depression.
Fast forward ten years, and Wingfield has turned his life around living in Georgia with four of his children and coaching an AAU squad (Albany Hawks). However, this is just where our story begins.
Wingfield fathered several children in his earlier years, and one of them happens to live in Cincinnati and thought by many as one of the best freshmen in Ohio.
Dontonio “DJ” Wingfield Jr., a 6-foot-3 guard for Cincinnati Country Day, is turning heads. Though, he may have received his father’s ability his temperament at this age is much different.
We asked Cincinnati Lakers AAU boss and Cincinnati Aiken assistant Ricardo Hill what type of kid are we looking at and the answer was a no-brainer for the Cincinnati hoop guru.
“He is a super kid,” Hill stated emphatically!
Hill broke down the young Wingfield’s game this way.
“He penetrates very well and rebounds the basketball very well,” Hill mentioned. “He is a good athlete with a great basketball body. Though, his shooting still needs some work.”
Wingfield’s high school coach, the legendary Howard Brownstein, echoed those thoughts.
“DJ is playing some point guard for us,” Brownstein said. “He is just 14-years-old and is projected to grow several more inches. I am not sure how much point and two-guard he played in junior high, but he will be playing both for me. He will be a monster guard in a couple of years.”
This is even more important.
“He is a great kid that is very quiet and polite,” the Country Day boss mentioned. “He is very coachable. His expression does not change and he is all about the team. My older guys really like him. Because my four year point guard tore his ACL in the first game, I will be asking DJ to do more than I had anticipated. Friday against Clark (Montessori), he did a very good job of handling the ball against their man-to-man run and jump. He is working on his outside shooting and is already a very good passer with great court vision.”
What is all the fuss about?
Wingfield scored 17 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, swiped eight balls, blocked six shots, and dished out three assists in his first-ever varsity contest in a 42-37 win over a good Bethel-Tate team.
The Country Day freshman proved he wasn’t a one-hit wonder scoring 19 points, snagging eight rebounds, and dropping three dimes in a 67-18 triumph of New Miami.
This past Friday Wingfield notched another 19 counters in a 56-49 victory over Clark Montessori.
We will be watching closely to see how the youngster performs in some of the key games on Country Day’s schedule.
December 19- Cincinnati North College Hill January 8/February 12- Cincinnati Summit Country Day January 12- Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy January 26- Lockland January 29- Cincinnati Seven Hills