Basketball Phenom Follows in Father’s Footsteps

When senior Justise Winslow goes in for a layup, he knows his dad has been there before.

Justise’s father, Rickie Winslow, was a star player at the University of Houston who also played briefly in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Winslow teamed with future Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon in the celebrated “Phi Slama Jama” fraternity, which was the Cougar’s basketball team that reached the NCAA finals in 1983 and 1984.

“My dad’s knowledge of the game helps me immensely,” Justise said. “He’s experienced what it is like to be a professional athlete. He’s been there before.”

Because of his dad’s basketball success, Justise feels as though other people think he has to live up to his dad.

“I play because I love the sport,” Justise said. “I want to be as good as I can be.”

Winslow was naturally drawn to sports because he followed his older brothers Josh (’11) and Cedric around to their practices.

“It was the third grade when I started playing YMCA basketball,” Justise said. “My first year our team made it to the championship. We tied, but there was no tiebreaker. I remember going back to the locker room and just crying in front all of these older guys.”

Justise’s relationship with his father benefits him both on and off the court.

“More of his help comes off the court, about how to handle the pressure and the spotlight,” Justise said.

Irene Vazquez
Staff Writer

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