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Justise Winslow Posts Team High 14 PTS for USA U-19

Houston high school product Justise Winslow led Team USA's U-19s in scoring and rebounding in a 59 point rout over the Ivory Coast.

Ethan Miller

Fun Fact: On the top floor of the Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C. there's a basketball court.

A classic pun calls it "the highest court in the land."

And this week, "Justise is served."

No, "Justise" isn't a spelling error.

Justice is "the quality of being fair and reasonable."

Justise Winslow is a Houston area basketball product and the youngest member of the USA Under-19 Team currently playing in the Czech Republic.

"The Department of Justise" holds court at St. John's High School, a private school in River Oaks.

Yesterday the Ivory Coast received a heavy dose of "Poetic Justise" as the USA hung a 88 - 29 victory on Les Elephants.

The "scales of Justise" led the U-19 Team by registering 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting in 21 minutes.

Justise is familiar with trapezoidal lanes and international goal tending rules after going undefeated (8 - 0) with the USA U-17 Team in 2012. Only one other player from that team made this year's U-19 roster, Jahlil Okafor (Chicago).

The USA is not a juggernaut on this level. The U-19 tournament has given out gold to six different nations in the last six tournaments.

Justise had to battle 26 players in USA camp to make the 12 man roster. He's only 17 years old.

Did I mention Justise tied for the team lead with 7 rebounds?

Most national ranking systems put him as a Top 20 player in the high school class of 2014:

It is difficult to tell what Justise is best at. There's little parity on the high school level and Justise's high school squad isn't particularly good.

He's got a smooth lefty shot, is a quality jumper and has a reputation as a public defender. Excuse me, a tenacious defender.

His athleticism is unquestioned and there's no chance he's done growing -- he already stands at six foot five.

The U-19 Team plays every day for the next three days at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern).

June 26 @ 2:15 PM (EDT): Ivory Coast
June 27 @ 2:15 PM (EDT): China
June 28 @ 2:15 PM (EDT): Russia


The USA doubled up on China in their second game with a 113 - 57 win.

Justise posted the following line:

14 Points
5 - 10 FG
7 Rebounds
5 Assists
2 Steals
22 Minutes