After chipping down his schools from 30 to 11, four-star center Kyle Washington gives the latest on…
Pack Makes The Cut For Washington
Prep school isn't new for Kyle Washington. The 6-foot-9, 215-pounder left his home in Minnesota to attend The Hotchkiss School (CT) for his junior year and he is on the move again. Washington will spend his senior season at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Academy, where he hopes to succeed at the highest level. "I'm excited about transferring to Brewster," said Washington. "It will be a new expereince because Brewster has played high-caliber basketball the last few years. I'm ready to compete for a national title, and 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. Rated a four-star prospect the No. 11 center in the country by Scout.com, Washington believes that he has a lot going for him on the hardwood. "I think my biggest strength is my intensity," he said. "Also, I feel like I have good defensive awareness, both with my shotblocking and rebounding. "I've started to work on my mid-range jumper and post moves even more. I really try to work on everything all the time... just staying in the gym. I also pride myself on being a team player." A hot commodity, Washington recently narrowed his list to 11 schools after previously considering over 30. "I've just cut it down to NC State, Ohio State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Louisville, Marquette, Illinois, Baylor, and Notre Dame," said Washington. "All 11 are equal. That will obviously change once I start to take my visits, and that is something I have to start figuring out soon. "It's my goal to sign it the November period so I can concentrate up at Brewster on improving and winning a national title. That's my goal." NC State recently became involved with Washington, and the Wolfpack coaches extended a scholarship offer after watching him play on the AAU circuit. "NC State wasn't the most recent offer, but they came in on me later in the summer," he said. "It was after the Global Games... coach Gottfried and coach Early saw me play, and thy think I really fit their style of play. They like that I want to be on the court all the time, and they think I can do well in the ACC and in their program. "I'm excited about it too. They have a great recruiting class coming in, and I really like the way coach Gottfried coaches his team. I just need to get to know a little more about Raleigh because they do a great job of staying in touch with me and making me feel comfortable." Will NC State be receiving an official visit from Washington? "Well, I don't know for sure because I'm trying to figure that out," Washington said. "I'm excited about them. I just cut it down from 30 schools to 11 and they are definitely still in it. "I talk to them a lot. I just have to see what happens, but it's looking good for them." Distance isn't going to be a factor for Washington, who is just looking for a place where he feels comfortable. "I get asked all the time if I want to stay at home or in the region," he said. "I don't think it matters to me. When I start taking these officials, it's just a matter of how comfortable I am. "I think style of play will be big for me. I want to be around people that want to work, improve, and win all the time. I want to be around coaches that I'm comfortable with and do a good job of reaching out to me. I want to be in a community that I like away from basketball."
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