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Small Forward Justise Winslow: Rasheed Sulaimon’s friend
Class of 2014 small forward Justise Winslow became the latest prospect and only fourth player in his class to earn a Duke offer after head coach Mike Krzyzewski gave him a call last week. The 6’5, 208-pound Houston native averaged over 22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks a game last season at St. John’s High School (TX). He also recorded ten points and five rebounds a game for his Houston Hoops AAU squad in the Nike EYBL and led his team in assists with over three a contest.
Although he’s just a rising junior, Winslow already holds a plethora of offers from the top schools in the country including Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA, among others. He has also recently garnered interest from Kentucky after head coach John Calipari called him last week. Winslow has visited Arizona twice, Baylor, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and Texas A&M and told Duke Report last night that he hopes to visit Duke and UCLA. He said that Arizona, Baylor and Texas are recruiting him the hardest too and that he plans on narrowing his list to ten in the “early fall” and cut it even further to five or seven in the spring. He also has Texas sophomore shooting guard Shelden McClellan, Duke freshman shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon and Baylor point guard L.J. Rose after him on the recruiting trail.
In talking to Winslow after he received his Duke offer, it’s clear the Blue Devils are high on his list. It’s too early in his recruitment to start projecting favorites or prognosticating where he’ll end up, but it’s obvious he likes Duke. It also seems like he’s high on all of the schools he has visited so if you want to figure out two months ahead of time who will make his list of ten, that wouldn’t be a bad place to start. One thing that interests me is how a Kentucky offer would impact Winslow. If the Wildcats offer, they’d have to be as high as Duke on Winslow’s list in my mind. Amid all of this speculation, something we do know for sure is that Winslow is a while away from committing.
Winslow is a guy who lives up to his hype every time I see him, since he is so good at so many things. As his stats indicate, he’s very well-rounded and is great in the mid-range game. He’s not a reliable three-point shooter although he can get hot from beyond the arc and be very difficult to guard because of his range. Winslow is consistently able to penetrate and get to the rim but he’s also a terrific passer when he draws the second and third defenders. His aforementioned passing ability and court vision is tremendously unique among wing players and his basketball-IQ is equally impressive. He’s a superb ball-handler with a quick first-step who is a disruption on defense.