While all the focus surrounding Kentucky basketball right now is finishing off the 2016 class, it won't be long until the 2017 class will begin coming into focus.
As has been the case every year under John Calipari, the 2017 class is loaded with talented prospects showing significant interest in UK. While UK doesn't have a commitment from the 2017 class, there are a host of prospects with offers.
Among them is five-star forward P.J. Washington, who's already set up a visit to Lexington, according to 247 Sports, who also notes some glowing remarks he had for UK.
Washington discussed what intrigues him about a few of his schools.
Kentucky – "It’s a great facility," Washington recalled. "I feel like it’s one of the easiest ways to get into the league. I feel like it’s almost everybody’s dream to go there. I want to see how they are going to do next year definitely and I’m going to take an official there."
Although he hasn’t scheduled any visits or cut his list, he has three programs he wants to officially visit and one he will "probably visit."
"Texas, UNC, Kentucky and probably Michigan State," Washington said confidently.
The 6-7, 225-pound Findley Prep forward is rated as the 19th-best prospect in 2017 by ESPN, while Future 150 has him ranked sixth overall. Back in December, Washington cut his list to 13 schools, and they included UK, Arizona, North Carolina, California, Texas, Michigan State, UCLA, Florida, UNLV, Michigan, Memphis, Wake Forest and Texas A&M.
For now, Washington says he isn’t planning on taking any visits during the summer, but did just hosT UK head coach John Calipari and assistant coach Kenny Payne for an in-home visit last week. Being that he's saying he'll 'definitely' visit UK after meeting suggests that it went good enough that Washington feels strongly about the Wildcats, not to mention Cal is coming after the talented big man.
And while P.J. is listed as a power forward in every major service, he's got the skills of a wing and looks like he'll be able to play there in college. That will definitely help his chances with UK as Cal stresses positionless basketball and wants guys who can play multiple spots.
Here are some highlights of P.J. in action: