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Add 5-Star Forward Jalen Washington to Chin Coleman’s Recruiting List

Image via 247Sports

Image via 247Sports

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.


Article written by Brandon Ramsey

Basketball X's & O's for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @BRamseyKSR

4 Comments for Add 5-Star Forward Jalen Washington to Chin Coleman’s Recruiting List

  1. mashman 93
    10:26 am June 10, 2021 Permalink

    Our recruiting does feel different as far as five star recruits and hopefully we will see results soon in the 2022 class. Orlando and Chin have hit the ground running and I love it!!!!

    • recliner coach
      11:54 am June 10, 2021 Permalink

      Reminds me of the recruiting momentum Coach brought his 1st year. Hope he gives each kid a chance, let them play thru turnovers and not get stuck on playing certain kids.

    • Megan
      12:26 pm June 10, 2021 Permalink

      Recliner, I think Cal narrows his team to 7 or so players relatively late in the season, as per the advice he received from John Wooden. Before then, who plays the most in games depends on “demonstrated performance” in practice. Always been that way, hasn’t it? You want it, you have to earn it. If Cal keeps playing a particular player who doesn’t have the favor of the fans for some reason, it’s likely because no one else is stepping up in practice to grab those minutes.

    • millertim
      2:07 pm June 10, 2021 Permalink

      Nice try Megan but we all know that wasn’t the case last year. BTW there are such things as “practice heroes” and “game-time zeroes” and that perfectly illustrated last year’s squad. Allen was unfairly pigeon-holed as a certain type of player… while others, due to their overrated high school ratings, were given wide latitude to do just about anything… I absolutely believe in earning game-time minutes based on some practice performance, but game-time performance is more important. If you’re the hot-hand and are producing, you stay on the court— Coach Cal has done that in year’s past. I also understand the minimizing of playing time to a smaller, productive unit. The problem with last year’s team was who was receiving those meaningful minutes… had it been based on performance, we all know who would’ve seen reduced time versus who should’ve gotten more time…