Isaiah Washington is one of the most talked about point guard talents in the 2017 class. His pace of play, rapid advancement, and high level playmaking draws a crowd wherever he competes and his 33 point performance this weekend at the Fab 48 will stick in the minds of many.
This week people walked out of the gym saying “one of the most underrated point guards in the country”, “a guy who refuses to lose”, and “shooting as well as he ever has”. Isaiah’s team was knocked out of the Fab 48 event Saturday and GI was present recording Isaiah with eight points, seven assists, and six boards (we will have more on what we saw from Isaiah tonight in our final Vegas Week report).
Washington had a tough day from the field and took to twitter say it was his “worst AAU game ever” but anybody who has followed him from NBPA top 100 camp to the Charlotte UAA camp to the first week event out east at the Hall of Fame to Atlanta and now in Vegas, all viewers know that Isaiah is one of the best lead guards in America.
Now that his open period play is done, recruiting will come more into focus. Isaiah has been asked many times about who are his top schools this month, he gave Scout.com his latest answer this weekend.
"Minnesota, Texas A&M, Seton Hall, and New Mexico have been showing the most interest," Washington said. Those schools were well represented yesterday at Isaiah’s final game. Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino was visible on the baseline, all the A&M assistants were in the crowd, Kevin Willard of Seton Hall was there, and New Mexico as well.
His list of schools? Isaiah said the following: "Minnesota, Seton Hall, New Mexico, Butler is showing a lot of interest, Syracuse, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Xavier, that's it.”
Josh Pastner also watched Isaiah yesterday, Butler had an assistant at the game as did Alabama.
The first team out of the mouth of Isaiah regularly when asked of college interest? That would be Minnesota which makes sense as they were among the first couple to offer and assistant Kimani Young has been in touch with Kimani for longer than any college coach.
Washington took a visit to see the Twin Cities in June and all of the many reports from him about his visit have been glowing.
"It was better than expected,” Washington said about his visit to Minnesota. “Minnesota is a really nice place, and it was a great trip overall. All of the coaches are the same, they are real cool. Like (Coach Young) they all showed me a lot of attention and I built a good relationship with all of them."
Washington was impressed with the city of Minneapolis, he liked the coaching staff, and he also likes the way the Gophers play up-tempo basketball in the Big Ten.
"I like the way they just let their guards just play,” Isaiah said. “I have a good relationship with the coach and I believe I would do well if I would ever go there.”
Isaiah also said that his recruitment “is wide open right now” and his timeline of decision has included the middle of the winter and this fall. He would like to take more visits and including seeing Minnesota again in the fall. Isaiah has also taken an unofficial visit to Seton Hall.