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Miami Heat introduce Justise Winslow

Former Duke star says he's won everywhere he's been

Miami Heat first-round draft pick Justise Winslow is introduced during a news conference Monday, June 29, 2015, in Miami.
Miami Heat first-round draft pick Justise Winslow is introduced during a news conference Monday, June 29, 2015, in Miami. (Clay Ferraro/Local 10)

MIAMI – The Miami Heat on Monday welcomed first-round draft pick Justise Winslow to South Florida.

Winslow said during his introductory news conference that he wants to win in Miami, just as he has everywhere else he's been.

"My whole life, I've won," Winslow said. "I've been a winner."

Winslow, 19, helped lead Duke to the national championship this year before becoming the 10th overall pick in last week's NBA draft.

Heat president and former coach Pat Riley said Winslow has a quality that was hard to overlook -- a will "to do whatever it takes to win."

Riley also said Winslow, despite spending just one season at Duke, "plays like a grown man."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra compared Winslow to a "Swiss Army knife," praising Winslow for his poise during Duke's NCAA tournament run.

Winslow, who averaged 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in the tournament, said he recognizes the pressure that comes with being a first-round draft pick, but he embraces it.

"I sort of thrive on pressure," Winslow said.

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