On Sunday morning, Minnesota got some great news for its 2017 class as the program added a major commitment from point guard Isaiah Washington. It was a key pickup in what’s looking like an intriguing class for Pitino and his staff.
2017 top 100 point guard Isaiah Washington just verbally committed to Minnesota, he tells Scout.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) September 11, 2016
According to 247Sports, Washington is rated as the No. 2 player in the state of New York and as a four-star prospect overall. He’s currently listed as 6-foot-0 and 162 pounds and projects as the No. 62 point guard in the nation.
Washington isn’t an elite prospect, but there’s no denying that he’s a really legitimate player who projects really well to the college level. Notably, he held offers from Georgia Tech, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and VCU before committing.
With his commitment, Washington becomes the lone member of Minnesota’s current 2017 class and one of the key pieces to Pitino’s future with the program. There’s going to be a ton of pressure on the Gophers to perform this season, but Washington would be a great piece to develop if things go right this season.
Washington will likely serve as the heir apparent to Nate Mason at the point when Mason graduates following the 2017-’18 season. If the ratings are any indication, that would be one heck of a point guard group in Minneapolis, especially next year, when both players are set to be on the roster.
There’s going to be a lot of uncertainty around the Minnesota program in the months to come, but if Washington’s commitment is any indication, perhaps things are starting to head in the right direction.