While we wait on him to make a final college decision, he continues to rocket up the recruiting rankings.
On Wednesday, ESPN became the first major recruiting service to release their final rankings for the class of 2021 and Washington was the biggest mover on the list.
The 6-3 point guard from Arizona rose 22 spots from No. 32 to No. 12 overall in the new rankings.
During his senior season, Washington averaged 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists while leading his team to a 27-1 record and earning a spot in the Geico Nationals. In fact, Max Preps named him a first-team All-American following the season.
Adam Finkelstein and Paul Biancardi of ESPN wrote about the biggest risers in the final rankings and Washington topped the list.
“Washington made progress all season long. He possesses a natural feel for tor the game and has a strong scoring prowess. He can create his own shots and also has the confidence to spot up from his teammate’s penetration or cut off a screen for a layup. He also has a niche of knowing when to distribute the ball to a teammate and when to be aggressive and put the ball in his own hands.
“As a shot creator, defender, or a playmaker in general, Washington is resilient in leading his team in crunch time and is focused on making the right play. His productivity level is impressive, and his potential is starting to blossom.”
If the Cats are able to land Washington, he would be Kentucky’s top recruit as the other three signees for the 2021 class came in behind Washington.
ESPN also updated the Class of 2022 rankings, where current Kentucky commit Skyy Clark comes in at No. 13 overall and is the third-best point guard.
Jalen Duren, who just updated his recruitment, checked in at No. 2.
Jaden Bradley, one of the likelier 2022 recruits to eventually pick Kentucky, is now at No. 9.
Shaedon Sharpe, who has a Kentucky offer and is nicely ranked No. 69 by 247 Sports Composite, is not in the top 60 of this ranking.
Other notable Kentucky targets without offers include Keyonte George (5), Scoota Henderson (7), Cason Wallace (14), Sadraque Nganga (17) and Nick Smith (41).
But wait, there’s more!
ESPN also updated the 2023 rankings, where D.J. Wagner is still No. 1 overall. If John Calipari is ever going to land another top-ranked recruit before his coaching career ends, Wagner might be his last chance.