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Five-star small forward Justise Winslow commits to Duke


Less than a week ago Duke received commitments from point guard Tyus Jones and center Jahlil Okafor, and on Thursday afternoon Mike Krzyzewski’s recruiting haul got even better as 2014 five-star forward Justise Winslow followed suit. Winslow, who attends the St. John’s School in Houston, Texas, joins the aforementioned duo and shooting guard Grayson Allen in Duke’s 2014 class.

There are some moving pieces to consider when evaluating Duke in 2014, with Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton being seniors and the possibility of Jabari Parker being a lottery pick in next summer’s NBA Draft (should he decided to leave school, of course). Adding Winslow, a player capable of scoring both inside and out, to the equation gives Duke a skilled forward more than capable of competing for playing time immediately on the wing.

Winslow chose Duke over UCLA, Arizona, Texas A&M and Florida, with a few wondering if the Bruins (with an assist from signee Kevon Looney) would be able to pull off the recruiting “upset” in the end. But Winslow chose Duke, joining forces with two teammates on the United States under-19 team in Okafor and guard Rasheed Sulaimon. And like Sulaimon, Winslow is a product of the Houston Hoops grassroots program.

During this past summer’s Under-19 World Championships Winslow posted averages of 9.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, ranking fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding behind Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon. The 6-foot-6 Winslow was one of two high school players on the roster, with Okafor being the other.

Here are a few clips of Winslow in action with the Houston Hoops.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.