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UCLA Basketball Recruiting: Bruins host Justise Winslow

The UCLA Bruins are among several college basketball blue bloods to have offered elite 2014 small forward Justise Winslow, and they will be hosting the ultra-talented Houston, Texas prospect on an unofficial visit today. Winslow is an Arizona Wildcats and Duke Blue Devils lean, with Duke looking like the favorite based on the fact that three 247Sports experts chose Duke while only one has chosen Arizona. Other programs in the Baylor Bears, Kansas Jayhawks, Texas Longhorns, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Florida Gators are also heavily in the mix.

In fact, Winslow already has an official visit set up to a nearby in-state school in Baylor, and it will be interesting to see if the Bears can land one of the top ten prospects in the 2014 recruiting class over those huge programs mentioned earlier. UCLA will look to boost their stock in Winslow’s recruitment, as he is the second-best SF in the class and is the second-best recruit in the state of Texas.

Winslow is coming off of an unofficial visit to Duke on Friday, so we’ll see what UCLA can do to make an impression upon Winslow today. He isn’t the only elite basketball prospect taking a visit to Westwood today, but the EYBL standout is certainly a top target for the Bruins. He should be courted hard by Steve Alford and certainly has the chance to be the next big prospect for UCLA.

Duke and Arizona are definitely the teams to watch for the closest, but don’t forget about schools like Kansas and UNC either. In-state programs Texas and Baylor will have a big say as well, and the Bears are currently Winslow’s only scheduled official visit. The Houston Hoops standout is one of the best lockdown defenders in the class, and he showed off his immense rebounding skills as well with a 14 rebound game at the EYBL. Although he isn’t a great shooter, Winslow more than makes up for that with his ability to take it to the hoop that is spawned by his raw athletic ability.

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