P.J. Washington (Kelly Kline)

P.J. Washington meets with UNC, UK & plans UNLV visit

Five-star P.J. Washington met with North Carolina and Kentucky this past week. Washington, who will make an early decision, also made a shift in his visit plans.

Five-star power forward P.J. Washington is closing in on his college decision.

Washington has already taken official visits to two of his finalists – Kentucky and North Carolina – and is set to take his final official visit to UNLV the first weekend of November.


Washington, Scout’s No. 14 overall recruit, also took another unofficial visit to Kentucky this past weekend for their Big Blue Madness festivities.

“It was good,” Paul Washington Sr. told Scout. “The whole purpose was to see the fans and to see Big Blue Nation and all of that. We hadn’t been there for any of that stuff.”

Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne then trailed Washington to Las Vegas and went by Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep on Monday.

“PJ is one of those players that they look at as positionless,” he said when asked about John Calipari’s pitch. “He’s kind of one of those go-to guys and gets everyone involved. He fits in to what they believe in and their style of play. A lot of kids like playing with PJ and they want PJ to help get other kids.”

Washington took his official visit to North Carolina the weekend of September 24th. Roy Williams met with him at his school on Monday.

“We are really high on them,” he said. “For the head coach to come out, Roy has been out here more than any other head coach recruiting him He made a promise that he would recruit him more than anyone, and he’s lived up to it.”

“We like them as well,” he added. “Roy is making him a centerpiece of recruiting and making him a priority. They have a really good team coming back. Looking at North Carolina compared to Kentucky, you just don’t know with Kentucky, you figured they are going to have a good team, but with North Carolina you know more how their pieces are going to fit. So there’s less uncertainty.”

Washington recently released a list of three that also included Arizona. But Arizona and Washington parted ways and he will no longer take his scheduled weekend visit to Tucson.

However, Washington will take an official visit to the hometown school – UNLV – the weekend of November 5th.

“The serious interest began when Marvin Menzies got the job,” Washington Sr. said. “There’s a comfort level with the family and an opportunity to stay local and play here. All that is attractive.”

Following that visit, Washington will finalize his college choice and make an announcement during the initial Signing Period.

“He wants to sign in that early signing period,” he said.

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