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Kentucky is making a hard push to land TyTy Washington

He’s one of the top high school players still available.

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As the Kentucky Wildcats continue to try and fill the 2021-2022 basketball roster, it seems like there are too many names to keep up with.

Now that the transfer portal has the same population as a small European country, it is nearly impossible to keep up with all of the options.

But there are very few high school targets still out there for the 2021 class. That is what makes the recruitment of TyTy Washington so important.

Washington was originally committed to Creighton, but backed out of that commitment on March 11th. He was immediately contacted by Kentucky’s Jai Lucas, but according to Kyle Tucker of The Athletic, John Calipari has taken over the recruitment and seems to be making some strides.

“Man, it’s super cool,” Washington told Tucker about hearing from Calipari. “I’m not going to lie, the first few times he called, I screen-shot his name because I couldn’t believe it. I’d be like, ‘Bro, you’re never going to guess who is calling me.’ My friends think I’m lying. So I had to show them.”

Washington has made a gigantic rise in the recruiting rankings over the last two years. He went from a barely inside the top 100 to being one of the best players in the country. He is 6-3 with a 6-9 wingspan and can do a little bit of everything. Listed as a point guard, he can run the floor, defend, and shoot (over 40% from three this season) as well as any guard in the class.

The theories lately have been that Coach Cal is looking for a “true” point guard to go with next year’s recruits and transfers. Washington certainly fits the bill for that, and it looks like his recruitment to Kentucky is moving in the right direction. But with this crazy recruiting cycle, who knows what will happen.

Read all of Washington’s comments to The Athletic here.