Ritchie McKay and the men’s basketball team will welcome one of the top prospects in the class of 2023 to campus this weekend for an official visit as George Washington III is scheduled to make the trip to Lynchburg.

Washington is a 6’2″, 170 pound guard from Louisville, Kentucky where he attends Christian Academy of Louisville. He is rated as a 4-star prospect by some outlets, including ESPN where he is ranked as the No. 24 prospect nationally in the Class of 2023. Rivals rates him as a four-star as well and No. 65 in the country while 247Sports has Washington as a four-star prospect and No. 40 nationally.

His offer list includes Louisville, Ohio State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Tennessee, and Auburn. Washington has already taken visits to Tennessee, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Ohio State. His visit this weekend to Liberty will coincide with the Flames’ annual homecoming football game against Middle Tennessee State where Washington will be a visitor.

An Austin, Tex. transplant, Washington and his family moved to Louisville prior to his sophomore year. In his first season with Christian Academy, as a sophomore, he established himself as a prolific scorer, pouring in 23.9 points per game, while shooting 49.0% from the field and 38.7% on three point attempts.

He won’t be the only visitor Liberty welcomes this weekend, as current class of 2022 verbal commit Zach Cleveland is also expected to be on campus. Earlier this week, the Flames picked up their first commitment in the 2023 class from point guard Colin Porter who chose the Flames over offers from Marshall, Akron, Morehead State, Lipscomb, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky, and Radford.

Getting someone on campus as talented as Washington is a feat in and of itself for McKay and his staff. Now, the Flames will try to impress the talented high school guard.