"I've narrowed it down a lot," said Washington. "Right now it's basically down to four schools, but I haven't completely closed the door just yet. I'm going to NC State this upcoming weekend and then after that I'm going to Washington. I'll go to Ohio State the weekend after that, followed by Iowa State.
"Right now I have those four official visits set up. NC State has been up here for me with coach Gottfried and coach Early coming in. Coach Romar has been up here too. Coach Hoiberg has been up to here to see me, and coach Matta and coach Dickerson just came by."
NC State will have the first chance to impress Washington as he'll be in Raleigh this weekend for his official visit.
"I think it is going to be a great visit," said Washington told Scout.com's Brian Snow. "What I have heard is that people from North Carolina are really excited about basketball. NC State is an up and coming team. I will get a chance to see the community and people behind NC State. I am excited to see the campus and see if I feel at home there."
Excited about the trip, Washington is also impressed by the Wolfpack's first commitment in the 2013 class, five-star point guard Anthony "Cat" Barber.
"Cat is a great player and a great person too," he said. "He's going to be a high-character guy there, and he's a great point guard. He's really good at what he can do. I played with him at LeBron and the Global Games... he's a huge pickup for NC State. You've got to have a great point guard, a leader on the floor, and he's that.
"Actually I talked to him [yesterday] on the phone. We talked about him committing and NC State... I just told him I was happy for him. Who knows? Maybe I'll be putting a Wolfpack jersey on too. We'll see."
Rated a four-star prospect the No. 11 center in the country by Scout.com, Washington believes that he has a lot going for him on the hardwood.
"I think I'm versatile enough to play multiple positions," he said. "I wouldn't say I'm one position or another, but if I had to it would be a face-up forward. I think I can play on the wing, in the high-post, or down low. I'm comfortable in all those spots on the floor."
While Washington didn't rule out committing after a visit, he plans on taking all four trips before deciding.
"If I have to wait until the late signing period I will, but it will probably be in the early signing period as long as I get that feeling," he said. "If I get blown away on a visit I should give myself a 48-hour window... maybe compare it to another visit because I do want to see all the places that I can. I want to see all four and find what I really am looking for.
"It would have to be something crazy for me to commit right away... to make a gut feeling. I'm still trying to figure out what is best for me."
"I'm still open... sometimes I think about if there is a leader but it's going to be a hard decision," he added. "When I go on my visits I'm going to be looking at everything... the coaches, the players, the people in the community, style of play. It is all going to be important to me."