#5) P.J. Washington, 6'8, Power Forward, 17.9 years old, United States
10.0 PTS, 4.0 REB, 1.6 AST, 1.8 STL, 1.0 BLK, 1.4 OREB, 8-15 FT% , 61.7 FG%
Washington, the 6'8 power forward out of Frisco Tex,as was another piece of the puzzle for the United States team that took home gold. Washington is somewhat undersized for the power forward position, but he uses his strong 232-pound frame and 7'2 wingspan to make up for whatever he is lacking in height. Washington is nimble and fluid for a guy his size, and while he is not the most explosive athlete he looks very comfortable finishing above the rim in space.
Still just 17 years old, he has already shown glimpses of a back to the basket game, in particular a right handed hook that he can get to with ease. Washington has good footwork, soft hands, and nice touch around the basket, and is capable of diving to the rim or finishing on dump offs in traffic. Washington uses his length and physicality well on the glass and on the defensive end, showing the ability protect the rim while also cover ground on the perimeter. He finished with impressive per 40 averages of 4.0 steals and 2.2 blocks. Washington will have one more season under his belt at Findlay Prep before he makes his college decision, where he has all the makings of an outstanding college player with plenty of room for continued development.