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P.J. Washington Holds UNC Offer

The junior forward met with Roy Williams last week.

It’s evident that North Carolina has been tracking P.J. Washington over the past couple months, but now Roy Williams has taken the next step in the recruitment of the versatile 2017 forward.

Williams and assistant Steve Robinson made a mid-week, in-season trip to Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep to meet with Washington and his family. According to Washington’s father – Paul Washington Sr. – the Tar Heels staff reaffirmed their scholarship offer.

“It went well,” Washington Sr. said. “It was the first time we had a chance to sit down with him and he’s a great guy and very personal. [He] answered all the questions and talked a lot about North Carolina and their style of play and how they’d use P.J. in their system.”

“He definitely offered P.J.,” he added. “He liked him. He said he’s been watching him for a while, which was to my surprise.”

Washington, who recently moved from No. 29 to No. 23 overall in Scout.com’s 2017 player rankings, has made improvements to his game and Williams has certainly taken notice.

“They saw the difference between where he played a year go to where he’s at now,” Washington Sr. said. “From where he was as a post player two years ago to where he’s more of a perimeter and inside guy. He liked his ability to put it on the ground. He mentioned that game he saw in Hoop Hall (last month) and was proud of his nine assists that game.”

Washington has a host of schools vying for an official visit and, according to his father, that’s likely the next step in this process. The 6-7 standout took his ACT on Feb. 6 and when he gets his score back he will begin setting up trips.

“He’s going to take his five visits before he makes his decision,” Washington Sr. said. “I know he’ll go to North Carolina, Texas and Kentucky for sure. He mentioned Cal and wants to go to Cal. Then he also mentioned Michigan State, but you just never know. But I know for sure North Carolina, Texas and Kentucky.”

“He’s got 5 to 8 weeks before the test score gets back, but we’ll probably start taking some in March,” he added.

In addition to committed guard Jalek Felton, Washington joins a select group of other 2017 prospects that hold Tar Heel scholarship offers - Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox, Jeremiah Tilmon and Wendell Carter.

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