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  • Paul Washington working his recruiting magic

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    When I was at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago, I watched Paul Washington spend a lot of time explaining to Kevin Knox Sr. why his son, Kevin Jr., should join Paul’s son, P.J., and others at Kentucky.

    About five weeks later, Kevin Knox Jr. surprised many — but not Paul Washington — by giving his verbal commitment to UK and not Duke, North Carolina or Florida State.

    Now Paul Washington might be working his magic again. He’s in Egypt with his wife, Sherry, watching their son, P.J., and Team USA play in the under 19 FIBA World Cup.

    Three major Kentucky recruiting targets in the 2018 recruiting class — Immanuel Quickly, Cam Reddish and Louis King — are also on their team. The fathers of all three players are also in Egypt.

    So is Paul Washington talking UK with them?

    “We had dinner the other night with them all,” Washington said from Egypt. “We talk a lot of recruiting. We are the only parents here, so we are together a lot. So you know me. Whatever I need to do for the UK family, I will do it.”

    King, a 6-8 forward out of New Jersey, does not have a UK offer like Quickly, Reddish and Romeo Langford, another high school senior on the team, do. But he would like to have one. Kansas, Syracuse, North Carolina State, Seton Hall, Connecticut and Maryland are some of the schools that have already offered the top 15 player in the 2018 recruiting class.

    “I think a lot of people are sleeping on Louis King. I think he is doing really well,” Paul Washington said. “I think he’ll get a Kentucky offer, and probably really soon. You don’t want to sleep on him.”