Kyle Washington talked about what he liked about N.C. State on Sunday. He spoke of the direction of the program and the talent that coach Mark Gottfried has added since the Wolfpack made the Sweet 16 last March.
The top-75 forward from Minnesota even talked about the appeal of playing in the new ACC, with the additions of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
Washington used the pronoun they to describe the Wolfpack program, but then caught himself.
I guess I should say we, Washington said. Weve got a lot of good things going on.
Washington committed to N.C. State on Sunday, joining the 2013 recruiting class with guard Anthony Barber. It marked the second-straight weekend Gottfried added a top-rated recruit.
Washington, 6-9 and 215 pounds, is rated the 66th-best player in the class by ESPN. He averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds last season at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. He has transferred to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire for his final prep season.
Washington will fill a need for the Wolfpack when he gets to campus next fall. Forward Richard Howell is a senior and junior forward C.J. Leslie is expected to jump to the NBA after this season.
Washington has the athletic ability to run the floor, but hes still big enough to defend the post, which fits with N.C. States high-post offense.
It was an easy decision for me because I feel like Im a great fit for their system, Washington said.
Washington picked N.C. State over Iowa State, Ohio State and Washington. He went to N.C. States football game against The Citadel on Saturday.
He said the addition of Barber, the No. 11 recruit in the 2013 class, and the trio of freshman McDonalds All-Americans on this years team also helped the Wolfpacks cause.
The freshmen class is ridiculous, Washington said. Theres a lot of talent in the program.
Gottfried has room to add more. The Pack has three more scholarships for the class, which would turn into five if Leslie and junior guard Lorenzo Brown both go to the NBA.