P.J. Washington to Kentucky: Wildcats Land 5-Star PF Prospect

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JUNE 19: PJ Washington #91 in white drives to the basket during the NBPA Top 100 Camp on June 19, 2015 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images)
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P.J. Washington has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, giving the school one of the top players in the 2017 recruiting class.

ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello provided news of the decision and a quick breakdown of the future stud: 

The 5-star is considered the No. 1 power forward in the class as well as the 14th-best player in the country, according to Scout.com.

While the 2017 class is loaded with elite centers, Washington possesses the versatility that could make him a game-changing talent. In addition to having the strength to play inside and rebound as well as almost anyone he faces, he can also step outside and hit a jumper as well as defend on the perimeter.

Although moving to the wing might come up in the future for the 6'8" forward, he has the strength and technique necessary to stick at the 4 if he chooses. According to DraftExpress, USA Basketball measured his wingspan as 7'3", which makes up for his lack of height.

When you add in his elite athleticism and finishing around the basket, there should be no concerns about his ability to handle playing in the frontcourt.

Washington was littered with scholarships throughout the recruiting process before narrowing down his choices to a final eight. He finally settled on Kentucky, where he is certain to make an impact as a freshman.

The Nevada native has enough upside to believe he will only be in college briefly before moving on to the NBA draft. In the meantime, the Wildcats will hope he can play well enough in his first season for the team to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

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