Washington Gets Wisconsin Offer

With at least three opening in its 2013 recruiting class, it's obvious that the Wisconsin basketball coaching staff has used the last two weeks of competition to peg potential commits. One week after offering forward Semi Ojeleye, the Badgers have extended an offer to Kyle Washington.

MADISON - Kyle Washington, a 6-foot-8 forward from Saint Louis Park, Minn., recently announced that he would be attending Hotchkiss High School located in Connecticut. He also announced that he's reclassifying so he can become a 2013 prospect, and a better basketball player.

"I'm doing it for school mostly and to get better as a player," Washington told Badger Nation. "I want to be able to play right away when I get to college. I don't want to redshirt. I realize that I will have to go earn my spot in the playing rotation though. But I would prefer not to have to redshirt.

"I was able to develop a good relationship with the head coach at Hotchkiss High School Fred Benjamin. He worries about academics first and basketball second because he knows his players can play basketball."

Washington should be able to develop his game from learning against his opponents and learning from one of his new teammates Michael Tobey (2012) who is a Virginia commit.

"It should really help my play. I'll be able to go up against a lot of good competition," he said. "I want to be a good ball handler so I can attack from the perimeter that way at my size I could be a very dangerous player."

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and his staff has obviously seen the potential, as Washington received an offer from Wisconsin over the weekend in Madison. His traveling team from Minnesota was competing at Wisconsin's advanced team camp when the offer was extended.

"I'm really fortunate to be at this point. They've been watching me since my freshmen year in high school," Washington said. "I talked to Bo Ryan a lot during the camp. They talked to me about how they liked how I played the game. They talked about the school and a lot of different things. They also talked about who the coaching staff is as people off the court. I'm starting to form a good relationship with the coaches."

While at Wisconsin's advanced team camp, Washington's team was nearly flawless, and he was able to show off his versatility on the court.

"Our team did well we went undefeated," Washington said. "We have a good team but we don't play as individuals, we play as a team. But I was able to show the Wisconsin coaches I'm a versatile player being able to play inside and outside and being a good passer. I was able to show the coaching staff a little bit from game to game."

With Wisconsin offering Washington over the weekend, his interest level in the Badgers is understandably very high.

"I'm really interested in Wisconsin because of their academics, coaches, and what they do as a program," he said. "I was impressed how they've become a perennial power house every year."

Although Wisconsin is his only current offer, he has received a lot of interest from other colleges.

"Clemson, Washington, Syracuse, Xavier, Vanderbilt, Marquette, and Providence all have shown interest in me," Washington said.

Wisconsin will have three scholarships available for the class of 2013. Bronson Koenig of La Crosse Aquinas and Semi Ojeleye of Ottawa, Kan. currently hold offers from the Badgers, as well.

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