Just over a month after publicly rescinding his commitment to Creighton, highly touted point guard prospect TyTy Washington confirmed he reopened his recruitment due to racially insensitive comments made by Bluejays head coach Greg McDermott.
"It was definitely the controversy," Washington told The Athletic's Kyle Tucker. "I really wanted to attend Creighton. It felt like the situation and the plan coach McDermott had for me was really good. So it was kind of heartbreaking once I found out what he said."
McDermott, 56, exhorted his players to remain committed to the team after a Feb. 27 loss to Xavier by calling on them to "stay on the plantation."
Creighton suspended McDermott from all team activities in March after investigating the incident - including the impression it left on incoming recruits - but he was back on the Bluejays' sideline for the start of the Big East Tournament.
The situation didn't sit well with Washington, who is ranked 34th overall on the 2021 ESPN 100.
"I just felt like the day and age we're living in - a police officer just killed another young Black man for no reason - him saying something like that, it's just not right," Washington said.
The highest-ranked uncommitted point guard has received interest from numerous major schools, including Kentucky, Arizona, Auburn, Baylor, Kansas, LSU, Oregon, Texas, and UCLA, Washington's father told Tucker.