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UA basketball: Five-star wing commits to Duke

2013-11-22T00:00:00Z UA basketball: Five-star wing commits to DukeBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats might get a crack at Duke on the floor next week in New York, but the Wildcats lost a major recruiting battle Thursday when Houston wing Justise Winslow chose the Blue Devils.

Then again, everybody lost to Duke when it came to this year’s fall recruiting class.

Winslow’s choice, which the five-star wing announced during a live-streamed event at St. John’s School, only solidified what is the consensus No. 1 class, which also includes big man Jahlil Okafor, guard Tyus Jones and wing Grayson Allen.

Arizona’s four-man class is being rated in the top five except by ESPN, which has the Wildcats eighth.

In a statement, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he was “ecstatic” about the players Duke signed and called Winslow a great wing player.

“He is a guy that can guard every position and is an amazing rebounder and scorer,” Krzyzewski said.

Winslow, a longtime target of the Wildcats, chose Duke over UA, UCLA, Texas A&M, Florida and Stanford. He choked up several times as he thanked a long list of supporters, then grabbed a Duke hat and finished his speech.

“Without further ado, next year I will be attending Duke to play for Coach K,” Winslow said.

Winslow was then showered with Silly String before the webcast was shut off. Afterward, St. John’s AD Vince Arduini said the webcast generated 16,000 hits, and more than 3,000 people were watching the stream when Winslow made his announcement.

Winslow’s tearful speech “sort of defined what type of kid he is,” Arduini said.

“It’s always a hard choice,” Arduini said. “We wish him well.”

Winslow’s decision means Arizona will finish its fall 2014 recruiting class with four players: forward Craig Victor, guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, guard Kadeem Allen and wing Stanley Johnson.

Johnson is a top-10 player in the class of 2014, Victor is a Top 30 player, Jackson-Cartwright Top 60 and Allen is a returning all-American junior college player.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
UCLA
1/31 8:30 pm
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