There's no question Texas priority power forward P.J. Washington is among the very best talents in the nation and his latest mixtape s proof. Though the Dallas native and Findlay Prep product is only 6'7, 225 pounds, Washington is a man-child among boys who dominated the EYBL circuit, averaging 16.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, as well as adding in 2.3 assists per game.
With a frame that can easily be built upon and enough versatility to ultimately become a stretch forward at the next level given some emphasis on that aspect of his game, Washington is going to be a prize for one of the eight programs still in contention, though, many believe Washington's recruitment is a two-horse race between Texas and Kentucky.
Here's why I recently projected the home-state talent to once again play under Shaka Smart in 2017:
Much like Coleman, P.J. Washington’s interest in Texas has been well documented. The Dallas native and Findlay Prep product has been a priority for Texas since Rick Barnes was still in town, and nothing’s changed with Smart, who got the five-star power forward on campus for a visit last summer. Fast-forward to this summer and Washington played for the Smart-coached Team USA squad, alongside Longhorns James Banks and Jarrett Allen, as well as the aforementioned Coleman, another likely Longhorn.
The Team USA experience only bolstered Washington’s interest in Texas, evident in his comments to 247Sports. “He’s a great coach," Washington said of Shaka Smart. "He bonds well with you on and off the floor with everybody. He’s just a wonderful human being. I love playing for him.”
Another noteworthy plus for Texas is Washington being good friends with Coleman and Hamm; Texas’ lone 2017 commit.
Washington, who’s said he likes basically everything about Texas, included the Longhorns as one of the four schools in place to receive an official visit during the fall, along with North Carolina, Kentucky and Arizona. Washington plans to commit shortly thereafter his four officials and despite the allure of the bluebloods, the home state ‘Horns are my pick to land the nation’s No. 6 power forward. Texas holds the last three Crystal Ball projections for Washington.
Washington ranks as the nation’s No. 16 player and No. 6 power forward. Texas owns eight of Washington’s 12 Crystal Ball projections and each of the last four.