Although just a sophomore, Justise Winslow is starting to receive quite a bit of hype in the Lone Star state and by all accounts the attention appears to be warranted.
In a recent outing, Winslow, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing, nearly scored 40 points and was just two assists shy of a triple-double.
"I think I'm playing pretty well," Winslow told Scout.com. "I had a good night against Justin Jackson. I had 38 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists. But I've just been playing really aggressive, trying to score when I'm open and look for my teammates."
An intriguing prospect with size, skill and athleticism, Winslow isn't your typical wing prospect. In fact, it's tough to categorize Winslow, a standout at Houston (Tex.) St. John's, as strictly a wing.
"I'm a pretty versatile player," he said. "When I'm playing with better players out there I can be more of a distributor and get them the ball where they need to get it. If I need to be more aggressive and score, I do that. I'm tall enough, quick enough and strong enough where I can play the one through the four."
A number of schools have been in to see Winslow during his high school season. Among the schools showing attention are Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Rice, Houston, Harvard, Florida, Oklahoma State and Virginia.
"It's going pretty well," Winslow said of his recruitment. "I have Arizona and North Carolina visits coming up next months. I don't know the dates. I've set them up, but we had to change them because I have this prom thing."
Winslow is planning to visit UNC the weekend of February 17th. He will then trip to Texas A&M for an unofficial visit on February 22nd and then he'll head to Tuscon (Ariz.) on the 23rd.
"Arizona was one of the first schools to offer me," Winslow admitted. "Coach is trying to get me down there to see what it's like and to see the basketball environment."
"With Arizona I really like their style of play and the whole environment about Arizona basketball."
Carolina's interest is more recent. They evaluated him in a game last week and have been working for the unofficial visit he's set to take.
"They haven't offered me a scholarship or anything," he said of the Heels. "Coach was down here for the last game against Justin Jackson and HCYA. He said he was really impressed. He just wants me to get down there so I can get an early look at the school."
"Basically they said they are going to keep watching me throughout the school season and during summer ball and if they like me then of course they'll offer," he said. "They said they want to see how I progress and how my game comes along in the next couple months."
Despite being a sophomore, Winslow is starting to examine his recruitment a little more. For Winslow, watching hoops on TV used to be just fun and games. Now he's forced to watch with a little closer.
"I'm starting to pay a lot more attention to it now," he said of his recruitment. "I used to be a fan of the game when I saw a team play on TV, but now I pay more attention to it. I watch their sets and now I have to look at what recruits they have coming in so I have to pay a lot more attention to it now."
Winslow is currently regarded as the No. 15 player in the 2014 class by Scout.com.