Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Justise Winslow sets official visits
By Reggie Rankin
Small forward Justise Winslow (Houston/Saint John's), who is ranked 14th in the ESPN 100, has scheduled his three remaining official visits after already taking official trips to Florida and UCLA, plus an unofficial to Texas A&M.
Winslow, who is a tough, high-level glue guy and arguably the best perimeter defender in the class, will officially spend the weekend of Oct. 18 with Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats. He will head to Tobacco Road on Oct. 25 and visit Duke, reportedly along with ESPN No. 1 center Jahlil Okafor and No. 4 point guard Tyus Jones. On Nov. 7 Winslow will head back out west to check out coach Johnny Dawkins and Stanford.
One of these lucky coaches will land a player who can fit any system and style of play. There isn’t a program in the country that couldn't use a defensive stopper with a body that is ready to compete on the college level. Although Winslow is a small forward, he can rebound on both ends and help at the point.
He can create next to impossible matchups on the perimeter because he can get to the rim and finish through contact, post smaller defenders and get in the lane and create space to score with his strength and body control. Winslow also will not hesitate to take a charge. His basketball IQ and feel make him a special player on the court and his character and academic success make him special off the court.