Penn State got an early start on its Class of 2014 by adding a verbal commitment from Williamsport (Pa.) combo guard Isaiah Washington on Sunday afternoon.
Washington committed to Patrick Chambers and Penn State on Sunday.
The 6-foot-3 sophomore picked up an offer from Patrick Chambers and the Nittany Lions while visiting last week.
Lions247 caught up with Washington on Sunday evening to talk about his choice.
Lions247: What made Sunday the right time for your commitment?
Isaiah Washington: My parents were comfortable with it they prayed about it after I got the offer, and we all just felt it was the right decision, that we weren’t rushing anything.
Lions247: So why Penn State?
Isaiah Washington: Penn State is a good fit for me with what Coach Chambers is doing and my style of play. The academics are also one of the main things that made me want to attend Penn State. I aspire to one day play professionally, which is every basketball player’s dream, but academically they have the support in place where if that doesn’t go through, you’ve always got your degree. I plan on studying nursing while at Penn State, so it fits perfectly being able to play basketball for four years and study nursing at the same time.
Lions247: Did you get to meet with any of the academic advisors on your unofficial visit Tuesday?
Isaiah Washington: Yes, I met with one of the academic advisors, she was really cool. The academic advisors are amazing, they were very helpful and have tutoring in place if you need it.
Lions247: Did the coaches let you know how they were planning on using you?
Isaiah Washington: They know I'm a combo guard – I'm not just a shooting guard but I can run the point too.
Lions247: What was it about your game that led to the Penn State offer?
Isaiah Washington: They said my character, my ability to make plays, I can score, I'm unselfish, and I'm athletic.
Lions247: You visited Villanova and St. Joseph's last weekend before the trip to State College, what did you think of both schools?
[b]Isaiah Washington: I mean they were both nice, but I love Penn State and their coaching staff.
Lions247: Since you are only a sophomore, this commitment is definitely early by conventional terms. How solid are you to Penn State?
Isaiah Washington: I'm not rushing it at all, I feel like this is the place I want to go, it is the place for me, I'm as solid as you can get.
Lions247: What was Coach Chambers reaction when you informed him of your decision?
Isaiah Washington: He was happy, yelling, he was excited. He was saying it was the right decision and he likes where the future of Penn State basketball is headed.
Lions247: With two years left, are you going to start recruiting guys yourself?
Isaiah Washington: (Laughs) Of course, of course. I'm going to do my part.
Lions247: Any message for the fans out there?
Isaiah Washington: We Are!