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In-home visit awards: Five-star forward P.J. Washington hands out post-visit hardware

P.J. Washington said UNC had a "great" presentation. (Photo: Jon Lopez)

P.J. Washington said UNC had a “great” presentation. (Photo: Jon Lopez)

Ever wonder what goes on when college basketball’s most elite coaches are inside the friendly confines of high school basketball’s most elite prospects?

Well, wonder no more.

Each week we’ll catch up with an elite hoops prospect who’s recently entertained a flurry of coaches for in-homes and have them hand out some of the most telling, albeit random, awards based on the visits.

This week we caught up with Findlay Prep’s (Henderson, Nev.) P.J. Washington, a five-star forward who is ranked No. 16 overall in the ESPN 100 who recently hosted Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Arizona.

And the award for Biggest Appetite goes to… (Laughs) “The Kentucky staff! Coach Calipari only had one plate of my mom’s cooking, but Coach Payne had like three plates. It was funny too because all they talked about was steak while we ate! They definitely like to eat!”

And the award for Best Story goes to… “Coach Williams. He told me about the time his daughter told him that she was getting married. He said he almost cried because he was so excited. It was a cool story.”

And the award for Best Presentation goes to… “North Carolina! They did something I’d never seen or heard of before. They basically put on a play and they brought different jerseys and masks and walked me through my life as a Tar Heel. They showed me committing, winning a national championship and then getting drafted into the NBA. It was special! I mean they really went in-depth with the play too. It was really good! I’ll never forget that.”

And the award for Lasting Impression goes to… “Arizona. They came down the day after DeAndre Ayton committed and they really laid out how well I’d fit in with DeAndre. I liked their approach and their plan.”

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