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Roy Williams Makes Pitch to P.J. Washington

UNC's coach traveled to Nevada last week to meet with the Top 25 prospect.

WESTFIELD, In. -- The latest step in North Carolina's recruitment of P.J. Washington was a meeting with the head coach.

Roy Williams and assistant coach Steve Robinson visited with Washington last week at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep as they laid out their vision for him within the Tar Heel program. With Washington's size and athleticism, there has been some debate about what position he might play in college and the UNC staff has a spot in mind.

"[Roy Williams] was just telling me how I would fit into the North Carolina system and just everything about the school," Washington said. "He said he wanted me to play on the wing. Just shooting, playing defense and doing it all, really."

Washington went on to say that the visit "went well" and that Williams is a "nice guy."

The visit clearly made a positive impression on the 6-8 forward, as he said he would like to see Chapel Hill for an official visit. Washington noted that his official visit schedule would likely revolve around seeing games and practices, as he would like to make his decision towards the end of his senior season.

The only official visit that seems set in stone is to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. But Washington is taking his time in the recruiting process and wants to take other visits as well.

"I definitely want to check out Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, Michigan State and probably Cal," Washington said. "I want to see how they coach their teams in the practice part and I want to see if it's a great visit overall."

Washington mentioned that Arizona, Cal, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas were the five schools recruiting him the hardest and he also had a busy week hosting schools. Arizona, Georgetown, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas and UCLA all came to his school.

Much like the message from North Carolina coaches, Washington said that many of the schools recruiting him see him on the wing.

"Well, at the next level, I'm too small to play the four, so I have to work on my outside perimeter game," Washington said. "Just working on my ball handling and my shot."

Washington has led the team Team Penny to a 5-2 start on the EYBL circuit this spring, averaging 20.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 67 percent from the field. He is ranked No. 23 in the Scout.com Class of 2017 rankings.


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