P.J. Washington has found it to be true, what North Carolina coach Roy Williams told him a while back. Williams, Washington said, really has attended more of his games than any other college coach.
Washington, one of the top prospects in the class of 2017, said that's what Williams told him: That'd he'd be there often. That'd he'd watch more of Washington's games than anyone recruiting him.
“It just shows loyalty, really,” Waashington said on Thursday at the Peach Jam, the premier Nike high school basketball summer showcase.
Washington is one of the best prospects in the nation, a 6-foot-7 power forward from outside of Dallas, Texas. The recruiting analysts consider him a five-star prospect and a top-20 player nationally.
And Williams, judging from the attention he's paying to Washington, considers him an important piece of the Tar Heels' future. Or at least potentially an important piece of the future.
Washington still hasn't started his senior season of high school but, he said, “I'm really cool with Roy.”
And what's Washington like about UNC, exactly?
“I like how big the campus is,” he said. “It's a winning tradition, and I can see myself going there.”
Washnigton is known as a traditional post player but he's trying to expand his game. Inside, outside – his hope is to be adept anywhere on the court, and he said expanding his versatility remains a priority.
Washington said Williams has emphasized how Washington could help the Tar Heels exploit mismatches if he came to UNC. Washington's skills and touch would make him a difficult match-up for larger players, and his size would make him a difficult match-up for less imposing defenders.
His recruitment isn't all that close to ending. Washington said he hopes to make his decision by December or January. He's still figuring out where he will make his official visits, though the four schools he most often spoke about on Thursday were UNC, Texas, Kentucky and Arizona.
Kentucky has prioritized him lately. Washington remains one of Williams' top targets, as well.
“I really like how Brice Johnson played last year and I can see myself doing the same thing,” Washington said. “And I just really like how they feed their big men.”