Some things require time to marinate. In recruiting that doesn't always prove to be the case, with social media and high pressure sales tactics from all sides hurrying the process, but Rich Washington has a slower tempo in mind.
The junior guard, who played this past season at Newport News (Va.) Menchville, plans to transfer and reclassify to the Class of 2016.
"My plan is to reclass and go to Walsingham Academy next year," Washington said. "I'm going to go there to get my grades up, develop my body and get stronger."
Competing with Team Loaded 757, Washington brings good height (6-3) and skills to the backcourt. The lefty is a talented three-point shooter who dropped in numerous long bombs for 757 on Friday night.
His point about needing strength is a sound one. He's very skinny and thus should benefit immensely from the extra year to bulk up and hold his own against stronger opponents. While not an elite run/jump athlete, he's a pretty good one and is a fine handler as well.
To this point his recruitment has generated a slow burn, but obviously everything will reset once he officially joins his new class.
"The schools on me are Mercer, Wofford, ODU, Mt. St. Mary's. …" he said. "I'm just taking my time."
Loaded 757 will compete at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest this weekend, and Washington certainly should command attention from the college coaches in attendance.