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Today’s U Exclusive: Kyle Washington Talks Transfer List

Ex-North Carolina State forward/center Kyle Washington has released a list of 10 schools he is considering transferring to on Wednesday. After two years in Raleigh, Washington wants a fresh start and he talked with TodaysU about his future plans.

Among the schools (in no order) he is considering are: Kansas, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Providence, Butler, Marquette, Iowa, Iowa State, Arizona State and Xavier.

“I like that they (the schools) focused on my strengths and where I need to get better, “ Washington said about what attracted him to these programs. “A lot of these schools have a history of doing well with people in my position. They have a history of doing well with transfers.”

Washington, a native of Champlin, Minnesota (although his family is now in New York) said location is not of the utmost importance, but it could play a factor.

“A little bit,” Washington said when asked about the location of the school being a factor. “As long as I’m comfortable with where I’m at, I’m happy and I’m in a good situation that I like, than everything will be alright.”

Washington, a 6’9”, 230-pound forward/center, has always been an energy guy with the Wolfpack. He possesses boundless enthusiasm and always plays with a high motor. With his playing time getting squeezed at N.C. State, he thinks now is time for a change of scenery.

“I saw myself in a different light than coach (Mark) Gottfried did,” Washington said. “I felt it would be better for me and my family to move on. I’m grateful for my opportunity at N.C. State, and playing in one of the best conferences in the nation.”

Washington is coming off a season in which he averaged 6.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on .467 percent shooting from the the field and .718 percent from the free-throw line. He can also step out and hit the occasional three. Washington has nice range, as he connected on .538 percent of his three-point attempts (7-13).

To date, Washington has scored 404 points, pulled down 278 rebounds and blocked 58 shots in his career with the Pack. For whatever school he chooses, he’ll bring a versatile set of skills to his new team, as Washington can score, rebound and block shots. Washington can certainly do a lot of things well for a big man.

He thinks he can add an extra dimension to the next school he chooses.

“My approach to the game (is a strength),” Washington added. “I take basketball, winning and being successful seriously. It’s about the team first and then the individual. I want to be the best (and ) I want my team to be the best. I’m a very positive thinker. I don’t think about any negativity and that’s one of my best attributes.”

Washington wants to be thorough with his decision and will not rush the process. He will have two years of eligibility left at the school he chooses. Washington will have to sit out next season, as per NCAA Division I transfer rules.

“I just want to be sure I’m happy with my decision,” Washington said. “I want a coach that has a vision for me moving forward”

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