Kyle Washington is headed to Ohio, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The former N.C. State big man is transferring to Cincinnati. The 6-foot-9 power forward averaged 6.8 points, 4.1 boards and 1.1 blocks in just under 18 minutes as a sophomore, numbers that were up despite his minutes being down from his freshman season.
Washington has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He’ll be eligible to play in 2016-17.
The news was first reported by CBSSports.com.
Washington is a key pick-up for the Bearcats, as he showed flashes of promise with the Wolfpack. He started 18 games this past season, although he was relegated to reserve duty late in the season. Washington is a high-energy forward that showed off a developing shooting touch from the perimeter.
That wasn’t the only addition for Cincinnati on Wednesday, as they also added a commitment from Jarron Cumberland, a 6-foot-5 guard from Ohio. Cumberland is the No. 65 player in the country, according to Rivals, and has a reputation for being one of the better scorers in the class. He’s got the kind of strong body that successful Bearcat guards have had in the past.
It’s worth noting here that this all came on the heels of a commitment from Nysier Brooks yesterday. It’s been a good 24 hours for Mick Cronin.
Cincinnati picked up a commitment in the Class of 2016 on Tuesday as three-star big man Nysier Brooks pledged to the Bearcats. Brooks announced his choice on Twitter.
A 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man, Brooks plays with We R1 in the Under Armour Association. In 12 games this spring, Brooks only averaged 3.4 points per game, but had a team-leading 5.1 rebounds per game for a first-place team. Regarded as a three-star prospect, Cincinnati is locking up a big man they coveted right before the July live evaluation period.
Brooks is Cincinnati’s first commitment in the 2016 class and his tough and rugged style of play and focus on rebounding will make him a piece that they wanted with their style of play.
Three-star center Ebuka Izundu, one of the best available big men in the Class of 2015, will decide on a school on Monday, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer.
The 6-foot-10 center from Victory Christian High School in Charlotte will decide between Arkansas, Cincinnati and Miami. Izundu’s high school coach Aureice McCain told the Observer that his senior had visited Arkansas, Cincinnati, Miami and Tennessee in recent weeks.
With good natural size and a lot of buzz going in his senior year, Izundu became a priority recruit for some high-majors searching for big men in the spring.
Rivals considers Izundu a three-star center.
A former Charlotte commit, Izunda was cleared to pursue other options after the school parted ways with head coach Alan Major.