Justise Winslow is an American basketball player for the Miami Heat. As a freshman at Duke University, he helped the Blue Devils win the 2015 NCAA National Championship against the Wisconsin Badgers. During the 2014-15 season, Justise was regarded as one of the top college players in the nation, averaging 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game for the season. He impressed during the 2015 NCAA Tournament, averaging 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds with his best performance coming in the semifinal game against Michigan State when he racked up 19 points and nine rebounds.


Winslow was born on March 26, 1996 in Houston, Texas. Justise attended St. John’s High School in Houston, where he amassed 3,208 points and 1,708 rebounds on the way to becoming ESPN’s 14th-ranked high school prospect in the nation. Justise was the 2013-14 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year and participated in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game, Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand All-American Game. Winslow was also a two-time gold medalist with Team USA, winning the FIBA Under-17 and Under-19 world championships in 2012 and 2013.


Justise is known for his aggressive first step and quickness on defense, where he uses his 6’6” frame to dominate both on the perimeter and in the paint. On defense, Justise excels at staying in front of guards, blocking shots, and rebounding effectively. Offensively, he displays good ability off the dribble, is excellent in transition, is an intelligent passer, and spot-up shooter.


Winslow’s father, Rickie, is a former University of Houston player who formed part of the famous Phi Slama Jama team with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. His brother and sister are also student-athletes. His sister, Bianca, plays for the women’s team at the University of Houston, and his brother, Josh, stars at defensive back for Dartmouth College.


In April 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Winslow to its roster of athletes. Winslow was selected 10th overall by the Miami Heat in the 2015 NBA Draft.