Kevin Stallings and staff have already added 6-foot-9 inch Saint James (MD) power forward Bryce Golden and 6-foot-1 inch College of Southern Idaho guard Danya Kingsby to the 2018 recruiting class and at present time, have one additional scholarship remaining. Last week, the Panthers offered a prolific scorer from the state of Michigan, Southfield (MI) Southfield Christian guard Bryce Washington (6-foot-4 inches, 178 pounds).
“Pitt didn’t know who I was until this fall. I had a teammate that’s been getting a lot of love (2019 guard Harlond Beverly). Coach (Dan) Cage came to my high school to watch a workout and he didn’t know who I was,” said Washington. “After he saw my workout, he was really impressed with what I did and we have stayed connected. The offer from Pitt came about a week or two ago.”
Washington, scoring 1,236 career points, recently became his high school’s all-time leading scorer. He was named the Associated Press’ co-player of the year for 2017 in Michigan after averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds per game as a junior while shooting 63% from the field and 42% from three point range. This year Washington is averaging 26 points and 11 rebounds per game and is an exceptionally strong student with an overall 3.9 grade point average.
“Pitt feels that I’m a perfect fit for their offense. I know they are in a rebuilding phase. They think I work hard and I’m a competitor,” he said. “I would say I’m a shooting guard, others say I’m a combo-guard. I believe I’m becoming more of a combo-guard every day.”
When asked to pinpoint his strengths on the basketball court, he stated, “I can run and score, I can defend a point guard, shooting guard and small forward at the college level and I can rebound well for my size.”
Pittsburgh Sports Now recently spoke with Prep Hoops Michigan senior contributor and scout Braeden Proctor. He was asked to break down Washington’s game. He stated, “To sum up his game, Bryce is an elite, explosive athlete who has a very quick first step with the ball that he uses to blow by defenders. He’s an ambidextrous finisher, which makes him difficult to defend attacking the hoops when combined with this explosive leaping ability. Bryce is at his best offensively in transition.”
Washington is aware that Pitt is in a complete rebuild. He’s very comfortable with the situation at Pitt and strongly believes he can be one of the building blocks to bring the Panthers back to prominence. “I really like the direction that Pitt is going. They have seven freshmen and they really complete well. You can tell by their record that they are improving,” he said. “In a year, the team is really going to be competitive. They are only going to get better. There should be a huge improvement.”
Washington has previously visited Pitt. He plans to attend another game as soon as possible. Bryce has 10 scholarship offers but Pitt is his first upper major / P5 offer. He stated that the Panthers are “very high on his list.”
For additional information on Washington, visit his personal website at www.brycewashingtonhoops.com.
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