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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 5 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 4 1 0 0.800
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 2 0 0.600
USC 0 0 0 0.000 3 3 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Kansas State at
Arizona
11/25 68-72
VCU at
Oregon
11/25 77-63
Delaware at
Stanford
11/25 47-84
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 49-53
Texas-Pan American at
Utah
11/26 6:00 pm
Auburn at
Oregon State
11/26 7:00 pm
Cal Poly at
California
11/26 8:00 pm
San Diego State at
Arizona
11/26 8:00 pm
San Jose State at
Washington
11/27 9:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
Washington State
11/27 10:00 pm
Colgate at
Arizona State
11/29 12:00 am
Alabama State at
Utah
11/29 12:00 am
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