Oh, Hello: PA SG Isaiah Washington Commits To Penn State

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Isaiah Washington, Ladies and Gentlemen!


Stats
Home/HS: Reading, PA / Berks Catholic High School
AAU Team: ECE / NJABC
Class: 2014
Position: Shooting Guard
Ht/Wt: 6'3" 175 LB

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Profiles: ESPN: NR / Scout: 2* / 247: NR / Rivals: NR
Offers: St. Joe's, James Madison, George Mason
Interest: Syracuse, Villanova

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Freshman Year Highlights

More footage here and here.

The Tale

Likely the youngest verbal commitment in this program's history, Isaiah pledged to Chambers shortly after taking his third visit to Penn State in the last three months. He had previously visited for both the Indiana and Michigan home games. This past Tuesday he returned again to check out campus life before Chambers finally gave him an offer. He is a relative unknown on the national recruiting scene, although he did show out at a few Hoop Group events. However, he's poised to have a great summer that will put him on the map nationally with ECE-NJABC (who also features 2014 PSU target Ben Bentil).

Washington had a great year for the Williamsport Millionaires, who nearly made it to the state quarterfinals before they dropped a heartbreaker to Harrisburg in OT. Williamsport returns most of their team and seem to be in a great position to challenge for the AAAA title next year with Washington leading the way.

Outlook

This is yet another great instate snag by Chambers and his staff. All of a sudden, this program is locking down on the best talent from all corners of Pennsylvania. It might be a bit early to project what Washington's role will be in 2014-2015 (he could still grow), but it sure will be fun to track his progress the next two years. He still has two full seasons of AAU and high school ball before he steps on campus.

Some might be turned off by his age or his offer list. Don't be. This is Chambers getting ahead of the competition. There's a great chance he'll blow up on the AAU scene as early as next month with the new April Live period. This will be his first full year on the circuit.

As far as his game is concerned, the Sun Gazette reports:

The sophomore point guard came a long way this season and already is receiving Division I interest from schools like Penn State and Villanova. An exceptional ball-handler who can create, dish and hit from the outside, Washington played his best basketball in the postseason. Washington shredded Souderton and Harrisburg in states and added 10 steals in those wins while hitting some huge shots in a come-from-behind overtime win over Scranton in the district semifinals. Tough on offense and defense, Washington also is developing into a leader and is a huge reason Williamsport could be a 2013 state title contender.

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