John Calipari and Kentucky added a third high-schooler from the class of 2021 on Wednesday night when five-star point guard TyTy Washington announced that he’s headed to Lexington for his college years.
A native of Phoenix (Ariz.) who has played his last two seasons at AZ Compass Prep, Washington recently told 247Sports when he cut his list of finalists in late April that Calipari’s pitch was one of a kind.
“Kentucky is not for everybody and they want the best of the best,” said Washington in late April. “He is like if you are willing to bet on yourself every night and every single day and continue to work hard to better yourself every day then this is the spot for you. He’s saying that if I want to face a challenge every day and trust my work ethic and all of that then it is the spot for me. If I want things handed to me and don’t want to bet on myself, then it’s not the spot for me.”
Washington has great size at 6-foot-3, a 185 pound frame that will be easy to build on and he’s a highly skilled scorer and passer. He has become known for his ability to make tough shots, can slide over to play the two guard because of his shooting and is a competitor who seems to come up biggest when it matters most.
The program director for AZ Compass Prep, Pete Kaffey has seen first hand what Washington can do and feels that Calipari and Wildcats are getting a player who is capable of helping them win it all.
“TyTy has been tremendous,” said Kaffey. ‘He’s a leader and the first word I use to define TyTy is winner. He’s been a winner since we got him and we’ve been like 50-5 since we got him. He’s a winner, a competitor and teammate who is willing to do whatever it takes for his team to win.
“They are getting a kid that can come in right away, play heavy minutes and help get a team to a National Championship.”
Washington is the third high school player from the class of 2021 to pick Kentucky. He joins five-star big man Daimion Collins and top 40 forward Bryce Hopkins. Also set to make their way to Lexington are Davidson transfer Kellan Grady and Iowa shooter CJ Fredrick.