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Tar Heels Showing More Interest in P.J. Washington

Roy Williams watched 2017 forward P.J. Washington post a near triple-double over the weekend.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --- The North Carolina coaching staff is now showing increased interest in Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep junior P.J. Washington.

Washington, who was watched by Roy Williams this past weekend at the Hoop Hall Classic, began hearing from the Tar Heels over the summer.

“They haven’t been recruiting me hard, they’ve just been talking to me lately,” said Washington, whose stock appears on the rise in the 2017 class .

“They offered me and they want to get me up to campus soon,” he added.

After watching Washington score 16 points, grab nine rebounds and toss out nine assists on Sunday, Williams shot a call into his father.

“I talked to Roy Williams on Sunday and he's very high on P.J.,” his father, Paul Washington, said. “He saw him play last summer and in Chicago at the Global games.”

“They offered him earlier last summer but recently started actively recruiting him,” he added.

UNC assistant Steve Robinson is the point man on the Washington recruitment and he accompanied Williams to the Hoop Hall Classic this past weekend.

The next step for the Tar Heels is getting Washington, who has already seen Arizona, California, Kentucky and Texas, on campus for a visit.

“I'm sure we'll take a visit soon,” Washington Sr. said.

“I like them,” the younger Washington said. “They are playing well right now. I like everything about them.”

At this stage, Washington said Arizona, California, Texas and UCLA are the schools recruiting him the hardest. He claims scholarship offer from those four and Carolina, plus Florida, Michigan State and Florida.

Washington’s play over the weekend certainly warrants those types of scholarship offers.

At 6-foot-7, 225-pounds, Washington is a versatile player and his numbers prove that. For Findlay Prep, Washington spends time on the perimeter and in the post. And he’s showing more and more how effective he is filling both roles.

“I’m trying to get my game to more of a three, instead of a four, but I think I can do both,” Washington.

Perhaps the biggest improvement Washington has made to his game is the confidence and effectiveness of his jump shot. He’s always been a capable shooter from mid-range, but his range extending past that.

“Yeah I’ve been working on that, just getting in the gym everyday and getting shots up,” he said of his jumper.

Washington, who recorded a 7-foot-1 wingspan at USA Basketball, is currently ranked No. 29 overall in the 2017 class, but is due a bump when the rankings are updated.

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