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P.J. Washington commits to Kentucky

The Wildcats receive their second five-star commitment of the 2017 class.

Photo Courtesy: 247sports
Photo Courtesy: 247sports

Findlay Prep five-star forward P.J. Washington was one of three recruits to make their college decision on ESPN on Thursday. Instead of picking Duke or Alabama, Washington decided to go join John Calipari at Kentucky.

“Kentucky has been my dream school ever since I was a kid,” Washington told USA Today. “They’ve been there the longest and they’ve recruited me the hardest.”

The 6-foot-8 prospect is ranked the No. 17 player in the country by ESPN. He averaged 16 points and nine rebounds for Findlay Prep, who is coach by his father. Washington played a big role in the Pilots reaching the Dick’s National Tournament last season.

During the summer, Washington averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds for Team Penny in the Nike EYBL. He was one of the reasons why Team Penny reached the Peach Jam Final Four.

Washington played for Team USA U18 alongside Michael Porter Jr., Markelle Fultz and Hamidou Diallo in the FIBA Americas. The versatile forward tallied 10 points, four rebounds and helped Team USA win the gold medal.

As of now, Washington and five-star center Nick Richards make up the Wildcats 2017 recruiting class.

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