New York high school point guard Isaiah Washington announced Sunday morning that he has committed to Minnesota. The talented prospect made the announcement on his Twitter account.
Washington is regarded by both ESPN and 247Sports.com as a top-100 recruit in the 2017 class, with 247Sports ranking him as the No. 65 recruit in his year. Minnesota was the only school to receive an official visit from the point guard back on September 9th, and it doesn’t appear that Washington has taken much time to make his decision.
ESPN describes the 6-1, 160 lb. guard as a prototypical New York point guard. The outlet praises him for his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, both for himself and for his teammates.
However, he can be a bit ball-dominant at times and his low shooting percentages are a result of him taking bad shots rather than passing to a teammate. Still, ESPN sees him as the No.18 point guard in the 2017 class.
The Golden Gophers have struggled on the court of late under coach Richard Pitino. They only won two Big Ten Conference games in 2016 and finished with an 8-23 overall record. After 14 straight losses from late December through mid-February, the Gophers got their flagship win of the season, defeating a ranked Maryland team by a score of 68-63, for one of their two conference wins on the season.
Minnesota will open their 2016-17 season against Louisiana Lafayette at home on Friday, November 11th as they look to rebound from two consecutive seasons without postseason play.