The Athletic reports Kentucky will make TyTy Washington's list of top 5 schools

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[caption id="attachment_344528" align="aligncenter" width="2560"] (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)[/caption] Kentucky is hitting the transfer portal hard, but could the missing piece for next season's roster come from the high school ranks? Typically, it's nothing new when the 'Cats land one of the premier players not yet in college, especially when it comes to the point guard position. That being said, Kentucky has already added two players via the transfer portal in Oscar Tshiebwe and Kellan Grady with the hopes of landing one or two more. One of the biggest names floating around is Minnesota transfer, Marcus Carr, but a recent turn in events have the 'Cats zeroing in on another lead ball handler. TyTy Washington, a four-star point guard from the class of 2021, announced on Tuesday that he had picked up an offer from Kentucky and head coach John Calipari. The 6-foot-3 high school senior de-committed from Creighton on March 11 following racially insensitive remarks from the head coach, and has heard from several high-profile schools with UK just recently getting seriously involved. Kentucky's late arrival to the scene doesn't seem to have hindered its chances at landing Washington, either. According to Kyle Tucker of The Athletic, Kentucky is one of the favorites to land Washington for next season's roster.
“Since Kentucky got involved, they’re pretty high on my list,” TyTy said. “You should be expecting them in my top five. I really like Coach Cal and the staff, and I’m just excited to learn more.” -- The Athletic Shortly after he posted on social media that Kentucky had extended an offer, Washington disclosed that he would drop a list of his top 5 choices later this weekend. We now know for sure that the 'Cats will make the cut. In the same article, Washington describes getting star-struck when talking about his relationship with Coach Cal, even going as far as to say he had been screen-shotting Cal's name whenever it popped up on his phone. Recruiting services seem to agree that Washington could reach five-star status by the time finalized rankings are released. Once a borderline top-100 player, he's blown up over the last year-plus, thrusting himself onto the national stage for Arizona Compass Prep, which made it to the GEICO Nationals semifinals earlier this month. With a 6-foot-9 wingspan and incredible potential, Washington could be the missing point guard piece that UK needs to avoid a repeat of the 2020-21 season. Washington even mentioned how he and fellow high school senior and incoming Kentucky commit, Nolan Hickman, have talked together to discuss what they could do as a backcourt duo in Lexington. The two are neck and neck by most recruiting services in terms of their rank, but appear to be embracing the opportunity to play against one another. Only time will tell. Check out the rest of Tucker's article if you have a subscription to The Athletic. There are plenty more interesting tidbits of information scattered throughout his piece. [The Athletic]

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