Washington looking to narrow list

Kyle Washington is hoping to narrow down his list of schools in the near future.

He has been somewhat off the radar because he isn't playing in the EYBL this year, but Kyle Washington is still a top priority for many colleges. The 6-foot-9 forward showed well at the NBPA Top 100 Camp as well as the Amar'e Stoudemire Skills Academy. Now he is hoping to narrow down his school list.

"My game is to play hard, to rebound, play good defense, and bring energy on the court," said Washington. "That is what I try to do, and if I do that I know I will be successful on offense."

Due to the fact that he is a re-classified prospect, Washington isn't able to participate with his Howard Pulley team in the EYBL, and for him that makes these camp experiences even more important.

"You want to stay in the mix as a top big man and a top player in the nation," said Washington. "You have to stay in the moment and play as hard as you can."

Recruiting wise Washington is looking to narrow down his list in the near future.

"Right now I am coming out with my list in a few weeks," Washington explained. "I need to set up visits. I am going to Louisville soon. I'm in the process of making my list. I almost have nine. Before next season after taking my five visits I will make a decision."

In terms of the schools staying in close contact with Washington, it is a long list.

"Wisconsin, Washington, Marquette, Notre Dame, Baylor, Louisville, Florida, schools like that," he noted. "That isn't all of them, but those are a lot of them."

Louisville is hoping to get a visit soon, and they have been very active in the recruitment.

"I just know that Coach Wyking (Jones) and I have a good relationship," said Washington of the Cardinals. "Also I have known Coach (Kareem) Richardson from when he was at Drake as an assistant coach, so I have known him for a while. Coach (Rick) Pitino and I are growing our relationship. I know the Yum Center is a great facility and the school is very intriguing."

One school that has really recruited him for a long time is Wisconsin. The Badgers have been after him since very early in his high school career, and Washington feels comfortable with the program.

"I love Wisconsin," said Washington. "They have supported me since my freshman year when I was a no name. I have been there a lot, and I have told their coaches I want to visit schools, but they will always stay at the top."

Then there is Notre Dame, where the combination of athletics and academics appeals to Washington.

"Notre Dame is really intriguing because it is a great education and great basketball," said Washington. "Also I like the 2012 recruiting class, and talking to a lot of other kids they are interested in Notre Dame. Also it is in the Midwest which I like."

One of the things that has really played in Washington's favor is his decision to move from 2012 class in to 2013 and transfer to the Lakeville (Conn.) Hotchkiss School. Washington says it has helped him grow as a player and understand more as a person.

"I think it has helped me tremendously," said Washington. "During school I learned I loved the Midwest a lot more than I knew. Also going to Hotchkiss has taught me how to use my time and will prepare me better for college."

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