In the heat of the summer, the 6-9, 215-pound center played in the NBA camp at the University of Virginia, the Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy in Chicago and the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. Washington also got to represent the United State in the Global Games.
"I learned about myself that I could play with anybody," Washington told Badger Nation. "I already knew that, but you have to prove it with everything you do. I know that now and I know what I have to work and focus on. What I learned was all positives. What I showed was really good, too, being able to play against top competition. I am excited to work on my game and play against top competition."
As he evaluated his game today, Washington – rated a four-star prospect and the No.11 center in the country by Scout.com - believes his post presence and basketball IQ is strong and he's learned patience on offense. The goal of him now is to build his footwork, defensive presence, awareness on the court and takes what the defense is giving him on every series.
"I just want to keep on building my game and my rebounding," said Washington.
Washington's current skills have made him a hot commodity for many coaching staffs over the last three years, but he's come to the point in his recruitment where Washington has started to narrow his list. His first cut went from over down to 11.
"My 11 schools in alphabetical order are Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville, Marquette, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Washington and Wisconsin," said Washington. "It's pretty exciting. You just have to take your time and really make a good decision. I know schools really want a commitment or show interest, but I am honestly interested in everybody. Everybody stands out in their own way."
Recognizing he can't stay at 11 schools forever, Washington will continue talking to coaches and assistants as he starts to work his list down to a final five so he can take his officials. One school he knows he will visit in some capacity before his visit is Wisconsin.
"I went down there in March (for the home game against Illinois) and loved it, so I am excited to find a time to go back," said Washington. "I really have enjoyed talked to coach Bo Ryan, coach Greg Gard and the whole staff."
After leaving Minneapolis to spend his junior season at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, Washington will spend his senior season at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy in hopes of elevating his game to an even higher level.
"Brewster has played high-caliber basketball the last few years," said Washington. "I'm excited to compete against the best competition in the country. It will prepare me even more for college and have me ready to contribute right away, because I want to try and help a school as soon as I get on campus."
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