Offered forward P.J. Washington Set For UNC In-Home

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Roy Williams was a very busy man during the live evaluation period this weekend, and his efforts will extend into Monday.

P.J. Washington has been a North Carolina priority for months, and now North Carolina's head coach will meet with him on Monday for an in-home visit.

Washington, a strong, tough and long forward who plays for Team Penny on the EYBL circuit, has impressed here as a post finisher, rebounder and overall physical presence.

He's continuing to develop the skill aspects of his game, including his ballhandling and jump shot.

"I just like playing in mismatches," Washington said. "If I have a guard on me I'll go post him up, and if I have a big on me I'll take him outside."

When asked to list his favorite schools, he cited programs such as as Arizona, Texas, UCLA, Cal, Kentucky, Michigan State, Florida and North Carolina. Already, he has a sense for a potential set of official visits."

"Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, UNC and probably UCLA (will get officials)," Washington said.

As for the Tar Heels, Roy Williams has initiated a dialogue to accompany the scholarship offer.

"I talk to both Coach Roy and Coach Robinson a lot," he said. "(Williams) was talking about the Final Four a lot, and he said I'd have been good in the Final Four games.

"Really, just getting to know my family and stuff like that. I want to take an official there for sure."

The conversation will become more familiar on Monday, when Washington greets Williams for an in-person visit. This step follows a pattern, as Williams has prioritized taking specific trips to top targets throughout this month. Clearly, Washington's recruitment amounts to much more than a token offer and the Heels appear determined to see it through.

Washington added that he may or may not sign in the fall, depending on his official visit schedule. In addition to the EYBL circuit, he'll attend individual Nike camps this summer along with Adidas Nations and competition with USA Basketball.

Scout ranks Washington No. 23 nationally in the Class of 2017.


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