Serving as a tuneup for the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star games that will be played this weekend, the Indiana Senior All-Stars played the Indiana Junior All-Stars in an exhibition Wednesday night at Brownsburg High School. The All-Star series begins Friday night at the Owensboro Sportscenter before traveling to Southport High School on the southside of Indianapolis on Saturday.
Arguably the biggest name on the junior side, Jalen Washington, chose to sit out due to an ankle sprain that he is still nursing. The sprain will be reevaluated on June 16th and Washington hopes to be cleared for full activity after that doctor visit. Despite not getting to participate in the game, KSR still had the opportunity to talk with the 5-star forward out of Gary West Side High School after the event.
The 6’9″ Washington holds a myriad of offers from high-major programs around the country and KSR can now confirm that he has interest from the University of Kentucky though no offer has been extended yet.
Continuing a trend of several other high profile recruits around the country, Washington is hearing from Coach Chin Coleman after previously being recruited by Coleman at Illinois. Washington received an offer from the Illini and now says that Coleman “hits him up all the time” about Kentucky. He has not yet had the opportunity to speak with Coach Calipari, but maintains a very good relationship with Coach Coleman now that he is in Lexington.
The Gary native told KSR that he does hope to be able to take a visit, and eventually earn a scholarship offer, from the Wildcats though his summer schedule is very busy. Washington is fresh off of his first official visit to the University of North Carolina which he said was great. Now, this weekend, Washington will head out west to visit Stanford. Those are the only official visits scheduled at this time.
When speaking with Washington on Wednesday night, he mentioned Purdue, Indiana, Alabama, North Carolina, Stanford, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Marquette, and Penn State as the other schools that he hears from the most currently.
Here is what former National Basketball Analyst with 247Sports Brian Snow, who is now the Director of Recruiting at Penn State, had to say in an evaluation of Washington’s game:
“Has ideal combination of size, length, skill and athleticism at the forward position. Has a huge wingspan and great hands, A new age power forward with tremendous upside. Can make shots from three, score down low or create off the dribble, A do-it-all player. A tremendous rebounder and someone who should be able to defend all over the court. He has to continue to get stronger and more consistent with his motor, but the physical tools and skills are there for him to be an elite prospect.”
The addition of Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman to the Kentucky staff has certainly led to a growing recruiting list as they bring with them several already formed relationships from their time on the Illini staff. Jalen Washington is a prototypical big man for the “modern basketball” style and will certainly be a name for Kentucky fans to keep an eye on over the summer as he plays with Meanstreets on the EYBL circuit.