P.J. Washington Recruitment Taking Shape

One of the nation's top forwards was in Chapel Hill last week.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Versatility is one of the reasons P.J. Washington has become a priority target for so many schools this summer as he's starting to come into his own as a well-rounded forward.

Although he's a man of many unique abilities, Washington isn't focused on playing with any particular players in his class when it comes to forming a recruiting class.

"I feel like I can play with any guy, it just depends on where they go," Washington said. "I'll do whatever I need to do on the court."

Washington is certainly a priority recruit for North Carolina. The Texas native recently took an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.

While on the visit, Washington had a chance to hang out with assistant coach Steve Robinson and a little bit with head coach Roy Williams, but he also got to spend some unique time with the players. Washington got to speak with members of the current roster and then play pickup ball with them.

"I talked to Kennedy Meeks and all of them. They were just telling me about the campus and how everything works there," Washington said.

"It was nice. It was fun playing with the guys. I was guarding Justin Jackson and somewhat Isaiah Hicks. You have to be very versatile playing both of those guys and I feel like I did pretty well."

As far as a recruiting timeframe is concerned, Washington is looking to take official visits to Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas after the July live evaluation period finishes up. Besides a trip to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness, Washington doesn't have any particular weekends he's set aside for the other official visits. It's also a distinct possibility that Washington takes all five official visits during the process.

After the visits, Washington has a commitment timeframe in mind.

"Probably December or January," Washington said. "After the first signing period [is when I'll likely commit]."

This week Washington is one of 26 players competing for a spot on the USA Basketball U18 team that will play in FIBA Americas later this summer. Washington is hoping to make the team as an energy forward.

"The first practice was good. Just rebounding, talking and playing defense," Washington said on Tuesday evening. "I'm looking forward to hopefully making the team and playing on from there."

One of the interesting things to watch about Washington is how he's fared against many of the other big men who have a few inches in size on him. The 6-foot-7 Washington showed that he can hang on the glass around bigger players and he also finished around the hoop some as well.

"You just have to work harder. The bigger they are, the harder they'll fall. So you just have to rebound more and just be active," Washington said.

After a successful spring playing with Team Penny in the Nike EYBL, Washington ascended to No. 14 in the Scout.com Class of 2017 national rankings. In 16 games with Team Penny this spring, Washington averaged 17.4 points, 10.9 rebounds per game while shooting 61 percent from the field.


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