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Kyle Washington to N.C. State; Clark to Virginia Tech
Kyle Washington is off the board.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy committed to N.C. State Sunday morning during an official visit.
He also considered Ohio State, Washington and Iowa State.
“Yes, I did,” he told SNY.tv by phone. “Just the coaching staff, a litle bit of new and old school. Larry Farmer, Coach Orlando [Early], Coach [Mark] Gottfried, all those guys are great.
“It’s an opportunity for me to come in and play and come in an make a difference on the team. And me being able to be in a great conference. This conference [the ACC] is is going to be off the charts for the next few years.”
Washington will play the four at N.C. State beginning in 2013.
“I’m playing the face-up four,” he said. “I’ll play the four down there and I’ll play on the elbow. I’ll do some wing things.
“They play through the system. They want their players to be versatile. I try to picture myself as versatile and work hard for that title every day. That’s one of the things that coach Gottfried wanted me to do.”
Brewster coach Jason Smith recently raved about Washington to SNY.tv.
“He’s a lot better than people realize,” Smith said. “We’ve been fortunate to have had some talented bigs over the years at Brewster. Kyle is right on par to where they are. He’s skilled in the post, he’s got excellent footwork.
“I think he can play really anywhere he wants. I’m excited to coach him. He’s been an excellent leader, vocal, positive, he works hard. He’ll definitely be one of our captains this year. He can play really anywhere he would like to.”
CLARK TO VIRGINIA TECHDonte Clark, a 6-5, 175-pound point guard from Hargrave Military, pledged to Virginia Tech on Sunday.
“I felt like it was a good fit,” he told SNY.tv. “They got a good coaching staff, pretty cool.”
Clark also considered Miami, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss.
At 6-5, the Tech staff likes that he has the size to play point or two guard.
“I’ll probably be playing the point,” he said. “I can play at a fast pace like I usually do, get my team going, score points if we need it and play good defense.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.