Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Houston Hoops wing Justise Winslow has cut his list to eight schools, according to ESPNU.
The 6-foot-6 Houston Hoops wing is down to Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas A&M, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford.
He cut Baylor, North Carolina and Houston from his list.
“I just thought it was time to get serious and cut the list down,” Winslow told ESPNU in Orlando, Fla.
Winslow is still considering joining Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor in a package deal but is not married to it.
Jones and Okafor will visit Baylor in late August, but now Winslow obviously won’t join the visit.
Duke, Kansas and Kentucky are recruiting all three players.
“It would be great for that to happen. But I’m on a different path, so are Jahlil and Tyus,” Winslow told SNY.tv of the package deal in general. “But if all of those pieces fall together, that would be great. It’s something that we are talking about, but I’m not 100 percent on it like they are.”
Meantime, Winslow played for Florida coach Billy Donovanwhile winning the recent U19 World Championship along with Okafor in Prague, but Winslow said they did not discuss recruiting with the USA team.
“We didn’t talk about recruitment until after we won the gold medal,” Winslow told ESPNU.
“I enjoy playing for Coach Donovan. His system is fun, we got up and down the court. He’s a great guy, and luckily Florida is on my list.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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