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.