Texas forward Justise Winslow is the latest recruit from the class of 2014 to receive a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Winslow, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Houston, told his EYBL coach that John Calipari called after last weekend’s Nike Peach Jam to extend the offer. The five-star prospect plays for Houston Hoops, and the UK coach and his assistants watched Winslow and teammate Kelly Oubre several times throughout the week. Oubre also said UK offered following Peach Jam.
Scout.com ranks Winslow as the No. 13 overall player in the class of 2014.
He returned to Texas last week after winning a gold medal with the Team USA 19-and-under squad in Prague. Winslow turned right around the next day and flew to the Peach Jam tournament in South Carolina, where he helped Houston Hoops advance to the quarterfinals.
Houston Hoops Coach Tim Schumacher noted that Winslow was playing as hard as anyone on the court at the end of the tournament despite just coming off the grueling Team USA schedule.
“I thought the last few games, he might have been the best player in the country the way he was playing,” Schumacher told the Herald-Leader. “He came back from Team USA and he’s really been shooting the ball well and playing with confidence from the perimeter. That’s always been the key to Justise’s game. When he gets that part going, he’s pretty hard to stop.’
Schumacher said he has not personally spoken to anyone on UK’s staff since Peach Jam, but that Winslow and his mother told him Calipari called to offer Sunday. Winslow recently narrowed his list to 10 schools: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Florida, Houston, Kansas, North Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M and UCLA.
Schumacher said Winslow was excited by the new offer and that UK would join the list.
“He narrowed it to 10, but he’s open to Kentucky and Coach Cal and those guys,” Schumacher said. “He’s wide open to listening to what they have to say.”
Fans unfamiliar with Winslow’s game will have an opportunity to check him out next week on national television. Schumacher said Winslow, Oubre and Houston Hoops are scheduled to challenge EYBL champion Each 1 Teach 1 in a made-for-TV game from Orlando on Thursday night. The coach said the game is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Winslow has often been mentioned as part of the package deal that includes former Team USA teammates Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. UK has now offered all three players.
“Justise is such a versatile kid,” Schumacher said. “He’s probably got the most unique game of anyone in the country. He can affect the game in so many ways. I like to say that when Justise is on the floor, he’s the best defender on the floor and he’s the best rebounder at his position. He’s the best passer. He’s most likely got the best basketball IQ and he might be the best athlete on the floor. He just has so many aspects of his talent that can affect a game.
“He’s a winner. Teams need guys like him.”