Justise Winslow: Houston Native Is Big Reason USA U17 Basketball Is so Dominant

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 7, 2012

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Justise Winslow has been one of the most consistent performers for a dominant U17 Team USA basketball squad. He deserves much of the credit for Team USA's place as the dominant team in the FIBA tournament.

Team USA has lived up to the hype as the tournament favorite. Now they are one win away from winning the championship. They will face Australia in the championship game tomorrow and Winslow will likely be a part of an American victory.

They have already beaten Australia by 22 points earlier in the tournament, though that was the closest any team has come to beating them in this tournament.

Winslow is only 6'5", but he plays with great strength. Don't take that to mean he's a tweener. He has good handle, solid vision off the dribble and explosive hops to finish at the basket.

He leads Team USA in rebounding with 8.4 per game, and he's scoring 9.4 points per game. He's tied for the team lead in blocks, and he has the most steals.

His all-around game defines "glue-guy" and he is sure to have colleges salivating over him when he graduates in 2014. Take a look at this highlight reel:

By that time, he may be 6'7" or taller, and we'll really get an opportunity to see what type of potential this young man has.

Right now, he reminds me of a more athletic, left-handed, Metta World Peace—without the questionable behavior. He has a strong passion for defense, and his physical strength makes him a solid defender.

Take a look at Winslow now on this level, because there's only a matter of time before he'll be performing on higher ground.


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