In addition to solid guard play, Winfield expects to create post presence and depth, too.
Garrett Grafton, a 6-3, 290-pound center, and senior Brock Pence, 6-5, will work the interior for the Generals. Grafton was injured during the football season and did not play. His status is still uncertain, McGinnis said, but Pence returns some starting experience from last season.
Because of the size in the paint and guard skills outside, McGinnis said he thinks there are plenty of positives about Winfield.
"I think one of our strengths, I hope, will be rebounding," he said. "I think we're going to be a little bit better shooting team this year than we were, hopefully, and I think our depth."
McGinnis said others expected to contribute regularly include Bear Bellomy, Taylor Hearn, John Hodges and Toby Show. McGinnis added Hearn is currently injured with a sprained ankle.
"We have a lot of the guys vying for starting positions," McGinnis said. "It's kind of wide open."
There's talent across the board for Winfield, McGinnis said, just like the rest of the MSAC.
"It should be interesting," he said. "Obviously, South Charleston is going to be good, but I think there's a lot of parity in the conference now."
To contend in each game, McGinnis said defense will be pivotal.
"You've got to be able to guard people in the MSAC and in AAA, you've got to be able to guard good athletes," he said. "We're hoping we're going to be able to guard a little bit better."
For Winfield, the newest MSAC members, the schedule isn't daunting, it's an opportunity.
"It gives your kids something to play for being in the conference, see how we stack up and get better as the year goes along," McGinnis said. "We're going to try to set some high goals and hopefully reach them, work hard to reach them."