Just a couple of hours after announcing his commitment to Creighton, TyTy Washington was at his high school’s gym watching games from the stands and wondering when everyone might clear out.
He was thinking about getting some shots up before calling it a night.
Sure, he had reasons to celebrate. Sunday was his 19th birthday. And the deliberation over his college decision was done.
Washington had stressed over the past week about picking between CU, Illinois and San Diego State, but that was over. Sunday, he could exhale.
Well, almost. Washington’s always contemplating ways to improve his game.
He’s the kid who’ll turn on the NBA just to spot new subtleties from scorers whom he can try to mimic. His highlight clips show a wide array of at-the-rim finishes — the 6-foot-4 guard has spent countless hours mastering each one.
And when he toured Creighton’s campus last month, he examined the scene strictly with his basketball goals in mind.
“It just seemed like the environment around there was all so peaceful,” Washington said. “I was thinking, there’s really nothing much I could do besides focus on basketball, and that’s what I really want to do.”
Consider that — Washington’s hard-working mentality — as one of several reasons why he thinks he’ll like the fit at Creighton.
Washington announced his decision on Twitter Sunday, then told multiple reporters about the strong relationship he and his family built with coach Greg McDermott and the staff. Washington said he received at least a text from McDermott seemingly every day since the start of the pandemic.
He complimented Creighton’s culture and style of play, and the vision the Bluejay coaches have for him in their system. Maybe he could use his diverse scoring skills the way Ty-Shon Alexander did? Or create for others like Marcus Zegarowski can?
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Washington can picture that. He got an in-person glimpse last year, actually.
He was in the stands as CU roared back with a strong second half to secure a key win at Arizona State last season. The Bluejays weren’t at their best. But they never lost their way.
“I was sitting super close to the court, and I was watching,” Washington said. “The proof was in the pudding. What Coach McDermott has been telling me, he’s like, I’m going to let you play — and let you play through mistakes. It really came down to that, for me.”
That, and the fans.
Washington said he’s well aware of how enthusiastic the home crowd can get.
“I can’t wait to get out there,” Washington said.
He could arrive as Creighton’s most decorated recruit in recent history.
Washington’s listed as the No. 67 overall prospect on the 247Sports composite. Rivals has him No. 86 overall and ESPN rates him No. 83. But those assessments could soon improve for the four-star prospect — Washington’s early season performances for Arizona Compass Prep have caught the attention of recruiting analysts.
Creighton is still working to add to its 2021 class, though.
Four-star recruit Mason Miller, a 6-foot-9 wing from Memphis, could decide between CU and Indiana this week. The Jays are also still in the hunt for Millard North five-star Hunter Sallis.
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