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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
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 4 6 0 0.400

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Delaware State at
Oregon
12/20 70-83
UCLA at
Kentucky
12/20 42-83
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 84-81
Oklahoma at
Washington
12/20 67-69
USC at
Boston College
12/21 75-71
DePaul at
Colorado
12/22 2:30 pm
Wisconsin at
California
12/22 7:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Oregon
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
Washington
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
Texas
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
Utah
12/23 7:00 pm
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