UNC Basketball: 5-star forward sets official visit

The month of June is setting up to be a big one for the UNC Basketball program with the NCAA lifting recruiting restrictions in terms of travel. So far, the Tar Heels had lined up at least four official visits for the month, welcoming prospects on campus.

And now we can add another to the list.

Five-star power forward Jalen Washington is set to make the trip to Chapel Hill in early June, visiting the campus for an official. Eric Bossi of 247Sports recently wrote on the NY2LA Lone Star Invitational, previewing recruits and in there he revealed that Washington has set the official visit date for June 2nd, spending one day on the trip:

Still working his way back from a sophomore season knee injury, top 25 big man Jalen Washington isn’t playing this weekend.

However, he is in Dallas supporting his Meanstreets teammates and there is some news on the visit front with him. Washington said that he will visit North Carolina officially on the second of June and Stanford is set for the 12th. The Indiana native also mentioned that he’s looking at which local schools he can see and when.

Washington is an intriguing recruit out of Gary, Indiana and holds a total of 13 offers in his recruitment including Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, State, Stanford, and Purdue. He’s ranked No. 19 overall, No. 4 at power forward and No. 1 in the state of Indiana per the 247Sports composite rankings. 

The 6-foot-9-inch forward would help solve a need in the paint for the Tar Heels as they slim in terms of depth in the paint. Even with Armando Bacot likely returning for his junior year, its’ unlikely he’s back for his senior season. Behind Bacot, the Tar Heels depth is thin as Walker Kessler transferred to Auburn and Day’Ron Sharpe left for the NBA after just one season.

There’s really no timeline for a decision from Washington but the recruit is going to take his visits and a decision could come sometime at the end of the Summer. He’s a player that we will certainly keep our eyes on in terms of his recruitment.

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