Winslow Has Elite Options

Five-star 2014 small forward Justise Winslow has several elite options. He breaks down his school list with

College coaches often put recruiting on the backburner during basketball season, but there hasn't been much of a drop off for 6-foot-6, 210-pound Houston St. John's 2014 small forward Justise Winslow.

While he's had several elite programs knocking on his door, he's been mostly concentrating on a junior season that he's been happy with thus far.

"The season is going well; I'm playing pretty well," Winslow said. "I've been shooting the ball more consistently and I'm finding ways to help my team win. I think I'm filling up the stat sheet and doing what it takes to help us win."

Winslow identified a handful of schools that have been recruiting him the hardest, and then discussed what he likes about many of them.

"The schools recruiting me the hardest have probably been Florida, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Arizona, all the Texas schools and Kansas," Winslow said.

Florida: "Florida is one of the fastest teams I've seen this year. They're kind of small, which makes them not able to press as much, but I really like the tempo they play in. Coach (Billy) Donovan is really intense and gets into the guys, but coach (John) Pelphrey is a player's coach who will sit down with the guys, do X's and O's, and help them become a better player. The campus is beautiful down there and the atmosphere is awesome."

North Carolina: "North Carolina is a lot of fun. I love the fan base and coach (Roy) Williams is really cool, so is coach (Steve) Robinson. I like their tempo - they're very up and down - and they like to speed up the game. The history of Carolina with all the championships and the Dean Dome, things like that, are all very impressive."

Duke: "That's a school I think I'll definitely visit. I like their ability to get top recruits and also I like the academic prestige of the school. Coach K and USA Basketball, what he's done with that is very impressive, especially since I'm a part of USA Basketball. Also I really like the tradition at Duke."

UCLA: "UCLA is in the city of dreams with Hollywood. It's a great campus and an academic school. I really like coach (Ben) Howland and the whole coaching staff when I was there on my visit. Their ability to recruit and get high level guys like Shabazz (Muhammad) and Kyle Anderson is big to me. You can't complain about the city life, living in Westwood and being right next to everything in L.A. That's one of the major T.V. markets in the world and you get all the publicity you want playing there."

Arizona: "Arizona is a great school. Sean Miller is really starting to put them on the map; I think they're ranked 3rd in the country right now. They just put together that recruiting class with Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, Gabe York and Kaleb Tarczewski, then they got the transfers (Mark Lyons and T.J. McConnell), which really shows that Sean Miller can recruit, but he's also a good coach who has gotten them back into the national spotlight."

With several options still on the table, Winslow isn't close to being able to make a decision.

"I think I'm pretty far away still," he said. "I'd like to focus on my senior season but it's still a long ways away. I don't think I'll commit before May or even August, because I might take official visits in the fall."

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