Joining Manley in Chapel Hill next season are guards Jalek Felton and Andrew Platek as well as power forward Brandon Huffman. The Tar Heels 2017 recruiting class now ranks 14th nationally according to 247Sports.
UNC continues its search for big men in the 2017 class, hopeful that either P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt or Kevin Knox will commit to the Tar Heels.
P.J. Washington visits Kentucky and eliminates Texas, down to four schools
6-foot-8, 225-pound P.J. Washington is one of the top uncommitted basketball players in the class of 2017 and one of North Carolina’s most coveted prospects.
Washington currently attends Findlay Prep in Dallas, Texas where his father, Paul Washington Sr. is the head coach.
The five-star power forward took an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky this past weekend. He attended their Big Blue Madness event that takes place annually at Rupp Arena marking the start of basketball season.
Also in attendance at Big Blue Madness were class of 2017 five-star prospects Mohamed Bamba, Quade Green, Trae Young and Kevin Knox. Knox, like Washington, is one of UNC’s top targets in the class.
Washington has also eliminated the University of Texas from his list, partially due to scheduling issues.
“It was just a matter of we couldn’t quite get the visit on the dates that we needed to get them,” Washington’s father told Zagoria. “And at the end of the day, they decided to go in a different route. They already have two people at his same position so I get it.”
Washington has made trips to North Carolina and Kentucky in recent weeks and plans to visit Arizona next week.
Washington is familiar with Arizona’s top commitment and No. 1 player in the class, DeAndre Ayton, and looks forward to the possibility of playing alongside him next season. “He likes playing with DeAndre,” Washington Sr. said. “He played with him in a couple of all-star games over the years and they like each other. I know they communicate. P.J.’s a team player so that’s someone who will take the burden off of him.”
Recent reports also suggest that Washington is looking to take an official visit to UNLV before making his final decision. He’s currently looking at the first weekend in November to make his trip to Vegas to see the Runnin’ Rebels.
UNC head coach Roy Williams visited P.J. Washington on Monday
UNC head coach Roy Williams was in Las Vegas on Monday to visit five-star power forward P.J. Washington.
The UNC coaching staff has dedicated an overwhelming amount of time to the recruitment of Washington, who is considered one of the best power forwards in the class of 2017.
Washington took an official visit to UNC in late September and had all good things to say about his trip to the campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
“Some of the things that I have I been telling people is that Coach Williams is a good guy,” Washington told CarolinaBlue following the official visit. “He is a down-to-earth type of guy. (P.J) did have a good time, I can tell you that. He had a great time. Roy is a very personable guy.”
Washington isn’t rushing his decision and will continue to work through the process before eliminating the teams that remain on his list.
The Tar Heels will continue to pursue the talented big man, hoping to snag another elite player to add to their 2017 class.
Jarred Vanderbilt attends Late Night With Roy, leaves impressed with UNC
Jarred Vanderbilt was one of the many recruits on hand to watch Late Night With Roy last weekend, and he left with a high opinion of the program.
While on campus, UNC junior forward Justin Jackson chaperoned Vanderbilt, showing him some of the many ins and outs of the North Carolina basketball program.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound small forward out of Bellaire, Texas was impressed with the team’s comradery and relationship with the coaching staff. He also said that he could tell by watching the team that the players had all bought into the system.