Washington frustrated by recruiting process

Class of 2007 forward Leonard Washington visited Kentucky this past weekend, and now looks to make a decision on where to attend college. Washington says that the decision could come as early as today, or he may take a little more time to decide.

Choosing a college can be a stressful decision for a high school prospect. For Leonard Washington, it has even become frustrating.

The 6-6, 200 pound forward from Washington-Marion Magnet High School in Lake Charles, La. has been working hard in summer school to get his grades in order so he can attend college and play basketball in the fall. With his academic issues still up in the air, recruiting has become a hassle.

"I was thinking about making a decision (Monday) and I guess I still could," explained Washington. "But right now I've got people pulling me in every direction, putting a lot of pressure on me. I really don't know right now. It's become too distracting."

Once a USC commit who was released from his letter of intent because of academic questions, hearing so much from so many schools has been overwhelming. But with many programs looking to put the finishing touches on their Class of 2007, the allure of an impact freshman like Washington is too much to ignore.

"I had narrowed it down to three or four schools, and I had a real good time at Kentucky this weekend," he said. "But I'm thinking it might be best to step back for a couple of days and take my time. I don't want to get into what schools I'm looking at right now, but there are only a few."

While Washington would like to play for a winning program, academics will be his top priority when he chooses a college destination.

"I'm just looking for the school that I think fits me best. It's really not going to be too much about basketball. I've still got to take care of my summer school and all that first, but yeah, academics will be the biggest thing for me."

Washington averaged a double-double for Washington-Marion as a senior last year.


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