Posted On: 05/29/21 5:51 AM

Early June of 2021 will be used by prospects to take official and unofficial visits to the campuses of the programs who are recruiting them. There will be a surge of visits through this period given the restrictions officially being lifted on June 1. One prospect in the DMV who is being monitored closely by a trio of schools is 2022 Woodrow Wilson/Team Durant wing Darren Buchanan Jr.

“I’m planning on taking an unofficial visit to George Washington on June 4,” Buchanan told Prep Hoops. “I’m still in the works with getting other visits set up with others schools, but Georgia, VCU and a couple others schools want me to come visit as well.”

The 6-foot-6 wing has also heard from Virginia, West Virginia and Iona more recently, all of which are still in the beginning stages of the process.

Buchanan has always been a bit underestimated despite being a main cog for winning teams. He’s taking advantage of the AAU stage this spring to prove himself and it’s working.

“Spring has been good playing against some of the top player in the country and just proving that I can hang with these guys and I compete with them. It’s been going well playing with guys like Dariq Whitehead, Rodney Rice Rodney Rice 6'4" | CG DeMatha | 2022 State #125 Nation MD and Judah Mintz and learning from them. My development has gotten better. My jump shot is more fluid and my ball handling has gotten way better. It’s really helping me out in the long run.”

Buchanan has a college-ready frame that he uses to his advantage when getting downhill or in the open floor. He absorbs contact on his way to the bucket and can finish consistently. His true value comes on the defensive end with his ability to defend multiple positions and rebound at a steady rate.

As he mentioned, Buchanan’s jumper is becoming more consistent as time goes on and it will be critical to continue to improve in that area before heading off the college in fall of 2022.

Buchanan ranks as the No. 4 overall player in our 2022 MD/DC player rankings.

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