On Wednesday, he showed why these things are just verbal commitments, and nothing is final until they actually sign the letter of intent, as he recommitted, per Texas Boys Basketball:
Per source J C Washington 2014 6'6" 3/4 has decommitted from Northern Colorado @ReggieRankin
— texasboysbasketball (@TXboysbasketbal) November 13, 2013
Obviously, it it stinks for the Bears. I am sure that Washington was seen as a key cog for them in the future, and certainly if he re-committed, they would be thrilled. However, I simply can't fault Washington.
All the time, you hear of coaches changing their mind. Scholarships get offered, and then rescinded. More commonly, coaches leave for better jobs with no recourse, while players have to sit out a year if they decide to transfer. This is commonly accepted practice. Thus, a guy needs to make sure that where he commits to, that is where he wants to go to school. If Washington had doubts, he was within his rights to change his mind, because things become a lot more difficult once you sign that LOI. So to that end, I understand his decision, and I can't fault him for it.
But it's still a tough break for Northern Colorado.
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