2017 Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep prospect P.J. Washington is having a terrific junior season and he continued that at the Hoop Hall Classic this past weekend.
On Sunday against Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict, Washington, a 6-foot-7 forward, went for 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, showcasing his versatility and ability to play multiple positions.
“I’m trying to get my game to more of a three, instead of a four, but I think I can do both,” Washington told Scout.
Washington, who has been measured with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, is active, mobile and plays with energy. Offensively, he’s improved the range on his jump shot, which is something he’s focused on, and also proved to be a good passer.
“[I’m] just working on my all around game, my ball handling and my outside shot,” he said.
To date, Washington claims scholarship offers from Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan State, Texas, UCLA and North Carolina. He’s taken unofficial visits to Arizona, California, Kentucky and Texas.
But who is recruiting him the hardest?
“Arizona, UCLA, Texas and Cal,” he said.
Texas head coach Shaka Smart was in the stands watching Washington on Sunday. Smart also watched him at the Tarkanian Classic in mid-December. The Longhorns have clearly made him a priority.
“He’s just telling me to play hard and do what I do,” Washington said about Smart. “He just wants me to lead my team and do whatever I can do to win.”
Kentucky was also in the stands over the weekend to evaluate Washington. Washington’s trip to Kentucky was back in mid-September.
“It was nice,” he said of the visit. “I liked everything about it. The campus was good. The players were looking good and the team was playing well.”
Washington said he also enjoyed his trips to California and Arizona.
“It was good,” he said about California. “I like their coaching staff. Their players were looking nice and I got to watch them practice. I liked everything about them.”
“It was a couple of months ago when they played Fresno State,” he said regarding his trip to Arizona. “I liked it. Everyone was looking good. The coaching staff was nice. The facilities were nice. I just liked them.”
Next up are possible visits to Florida, North Carolina and UCLA. Although he doesn’t have any planned for the near future.
UNC’s interest is relatively new, but Roy Williams watched him over the weekend and they appear to be ramping things up.
“They offered me and they want to get me up to campus soon,” Washington said.
“I talked to Roy Williams on Sunday and he's very high on P.J.,” his father, Paul Washington, told Scout. “He saw him play last summer and in Chicago at the Global games.”
UCLA has also been actively recruiting Washington.
“UCLA is very interested in PJ,” the elder Washington said. “ They're always in Vegas checking him out. We had a great meeting with the head coach and his assistant. We will definitely be going for a visit.”
“They have a great 2017 class already committed probably more then any other school,” he added about the Bruins. “PJ wants to win, so we're trying to surround him with like minded people.”
Washington is currently regarded as the No. 29 overall prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.