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P.J. Washington's UNC Official Visit: 'A 10 Out Of 10'

Top target concluded his UNC official visit and departed Chapel Hill on Sunday.

The family of P.J. Washington isn’t going to tip its hand when it comes to the final stages of his recruitment.

What they will say, however, is that they’ve thoroughly enjoyed their first two official visits – last weekend at Kentucky and this weekend at North Carolina.

Washington, his mother, and father – who is also his head coach at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep – arrived in Chapel Hill late Thursday night, before starting the official visit early Friday morning. The visit concluded late Saturday night and the Washingtons were back in Nevada early Sunday afternoon.

“We’d been here before for the unofficial (in June), so that was only like five or six hours,” said Washington Sr. "This time we were there for almost 48 hours, so we got to see all of the campus, got to see the buildings and facilities. We met with academic counselors and got to spend more time with Coach Williams.”

“The visit went very well,” he continued. “P.J. is a man of few words, but he had a good time."

According to Washington Sr. “the whole team” served as Washington’s host.

“He went out with them and they had some fun,” Washington Sr. explained. “Those guys have good chemistry and some of them like Joel Berry, Theo if he stays, Justin Jackson if he stays, will be his teammates if he were to go there.”

Along with Washington, UNC hosted several underclassmen on unofficial visits including: 2018 center David McCormack, 2018 UNC commit Coby White, 2018 wing Wendell Moore and 2019 wing Christian Brown.

Washington, McCormack, White and Moore joined Tyler Hansbrough, Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and this year’s UNC team for pickup in the Smith Center prior to UNC’s 37-36 win over Pittsburgh.

“The pickup was good, as you might expect,” Washington Sr. said. “It’s always good for him to get some run in with a few future pros and some good college players. These were grown men he was going against. (Justin) Jackson was hitting some shots and (Isaiah) Hicks looked good too. They have some talent there.”

Johnson and Paige were in Chapel Hill for a Saturday ceremony at Kenan Stadium honoring the 2015-16 basketball team's accomplishments. Legendary former Tar Heel Antawn Jamison was also in town.

The visit concluded with private conversations between the Washington family and Williams. While Washington Sr. didn’t want to reveal details, he said they were positive.

“It was nice to get some more time with Roy,” he said. “We kind of know what to expect, but the visit was definitely a 10 out of 10.”

Washington will be at USA Basketball Mini-Camp in Colorado Springs on Oct. 8. He’ll take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Oct. 14, before taking two more official visits – Arizona on Oct. 21 and Texas on Oct. 28. The Washingtons aren’t sure if he’ll take his fifth and final official visit and continue to project a decision will be made before the end of the year.

P.J. Washington Sr.


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