It’s finally official, TyTy Washington is a Kentucky Wildcat!
After an expected commitment date of May 15th, Washington decided he didn’t want to wait any longer to make the choice. He hopped on the ESPN SportsCenter Twitter feed to make tonight’s announcement.
.@tytywashington3, who is ESPN's No. 12 overall recruit in the 2021 class, has committed to @KentuckyMBB, per @PaulBiancardi.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 13, 2021
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Washington chose the Cats over a final four that included Kansas, Arizona, and LSU.
The 6-3, 185-pound Washington is a player that has risen up the rankings over the last several months. The five-star guard out of Compass Prep in Chandler (AZ) is currently ranked 21st overall, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings, but he’s recently climbed to 12th at ESPN and 16th at 247 Sports since they released their final rankings. Rivals’ final 2021 rankings will come out Thursday.
Washington becomes Kentucky’s third signee in the Class of 2021 alongside Daimion Collins and Bryce Hopkins. The Wildcats are also adding transfers Oscar Tshiebwe, Kellan Grady and CJ Fredrick, while Sahvir Wheeler also looks poised to become a Wildcat.
It seemed all offseason that John Calipari and his staff were grasping at straws trying to find the right fit for what will be a completely revamped backcourt in Lexington next season.
That is until TyTy Washington became available, and once Calipari took over as the lead recruiter, it has been all Kentucky ever since.
This should remind all fans that Coach Cal is a hall-of-famer for a reason, and after the worst season in 100 years for Kentucky, he’s making sure that doesn’t happen again. Washington is a big piece to fixing that puzzle.
Here is a scouting report by 247 Sports Josh Gershon on Washington.
“Consistently productive point guard with good size and length. Solid frame with plenty of room to add strength. Has nice combination of scoring and creating for point guard position. Has ball skills and vision to consistently create for others while his jumper is playable to the perimeter. Finishes well at rim due to physical tools. Has ability to defend both guard positions at next level due to instincts and length. Projects as high major starter with professional upside if game continues to progress.”
One of the biggest upsides of Washington’s Game is his ability to play off the ball as well. This past season, he shot 41% from three, and allowing him the ability to be a spot-up shooter would unlock another level to this offense.
What also stands out on tape is the pace he plays with. Every good lead guard has the ability to make the pace of the game what he wants it to be. Washington does just that.
Whether it’s grabbing the rebound or starting the break or slowing it down to allow a play to develop, Washington ultimately thrives in both. With shooters like CJ Fredrick, Dontaie Allen and Kellan Grady on the floor with him, fans can expect to see a high volume of threes flying up this season.
Big Blue Nation needs to remain on commitment watch though, as it appears Georgia Bulldogs transfer Sahvir Wheeler will be making his choice known in the coming days. This was reported by David Sisk of Cats Illustrated earlier this afternoon. Kentucky has all the momentum currently, so it appears the backcourt for next season could be finalized this week, though the Cats are still awaiting Davion Mintz’s final decision.
Now, check out some highlights of the newest Wildcat in action.
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