P.J. Washington Pondering Official Visits

Key UNC target narrowed list of schools to eight this week.

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – P.J. Washington finished the 2016 camp and travel circuit true to form.

He scored 16 points and added eight rebounds in the Adidas Nations championship game against Team Canada on Monday night. Playing on a star-studded team of five-star recruits, Washington fit in well doing the dirty work on the boards and attacking the rim in the half-court set.

“It was great playing with all these guys,” said Washington. “It’s kind of like an all-star team where everybody can score, rebound, and defend at a high level.”

Earlier in the summer, Washington was an integral member of the USA U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas. He started all five games averaging 10 points and four rebounds while shooting 61 percent from the field. The U18 experience marked Washington’s second international trip with the USA program as last year he travelled to Hungary for a FIBA 3x3 event, which featured UNC commitment Jalek Felton.

“Getting a gold medal was a great experience this summer,” said Washington. “I’ve been going to USA camps the past three years so it was great to win a medal with all of my teammates.”

Now that the summer camps and tournaments are coming to an end, Washington is thinking about his recruitment. He announced a list of eight finalists this week: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, NC State, Texas, UCLA, UNC, UNLV.

Next he will turn his focus toward his senior season at Findlay Prep and making official visits. With eight finalists and five allowed official visits, Washington has some decisions to make.

“Once I get home I’ll probably talk with my parents and try to figure out the visits to take during football season,” Washington said prior to leaving the Adidas event.

Texas is one school that is recruiting Washington – a Texas native - hard and the U18 basketball experience gave Washington a chance to see head coach Shaka Smart up close.

“It was great playing for Shaka (with Team USA),” said Washington. “As soon as he stepped on the court his energy was at a different level and he made us work real hard on the defensive end.”

As for UNC, Washington made a surprise unofficial visit back in June where he got to tour the campus and play pick-up with some of the current players.

“I got to tour the campus which was real nice,” said Washington. “It was a great experience getting to go out there and get more familiar with the program.”

“He (Roy Williams) wants me to come to an official (visit). We don’t really talk too much about on the court things, but really just off the court. The relationship is great. All my family feels comfortable with North Carolina and Coach Roy has done a great job convincing them as well and it’s just a great program.”

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