First, the announcement:
Winslow was often Mock Drafted as a top 5 pick, going to the Knicks in many of them. He didn't even workout with Miami because the Heat felt as if they never had a shot at selecting him!
Yahoo! reports the #Heat are taking Justise Winslow. Stunning get for them.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) June 26, 2015
Steal of the draft here for Miami in Justise Winslow. Perfect Pat Riley player. Crazy he fell this far. Fills a major void right away.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 26, 2015
Reaction from his new teammates:
Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) June 26, 2015
Welcome to the family @IAmJustise— Hassan Whiteside (@youngwhiteside) June 26, 2015
Winslow minutes after being drafted:
On Dwyane Wade: "I'm going to play with Dwyane Wade and learn from one of the greatest."
On playing under Pat Riley "I've always been a winner, so to have a winner and leader like Pat Riley...that motivates me."
He was then interviewed by Heat broadcaster Eric Reid in front of HeatNation at the AmericanAirlines Arena:
"Going to South Beach, Miami Heat organization, Pat Riley, I'm so excited to go down there and try to win a championship. Winning is what I like to do." He continued with what he could bring to Miami "I'm a guy that really prides myself on my defense. Offensively, I'm a guy that can do it all, knock down open jump shots, going to the rack, making winning basketball plays. To go 10 to an organization like the Heat is a blessing... Pat Riley was just as excited as me."
Miami then drafted Tennesee SG Josh Richardson in the second round, and after the Draft concluded, Pat Riley took some time to address the media in regards to the Heat's selections.
Pat Riley: "It's a very positive pick for us. Justise is an incredible, very mature, young at 19, player."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 26, 2015
Riley on Winslow: "We scouted him and it reminds me a lot of what happened with Caron Butler. Obviously it was a surprise."— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) June 26, 2015
Riley raises Draymond Green comparison in raving about Winslow's versatility.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) June 26, 2015
Riley on Justise: "The sky, it's unlimited where this guy can go."— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 26, 2015
According to AP Writer Tim Reynolds, the introductory Heat press conference for both Justise Winslow & 2nd round pick Josh Richardson can be seen Monday morning on Heat.com.
I must emphasize again how much of a steal this selection was. No one here at HHH or in any mock draft thought he would fall into our laps, similar to the way Caron Butler did in 2002. Now Miami gets to see a top 5 talent without trading up for it. So Heat Nation, how do you like your new player?