The No. 111 ranked player in the Rivals150 Michael Washington has personally confirmed with Rivals.com that he is reclassifying as a 2006 prospect at Heritage Christian High School in Houston, Texas. The 6-foot-8, 219-pound combo forward from McGhee, Ark., has a long list of suitors who will try to add him to their 2006 class.
“I have reclassified to 2006,” said Washington. “Things are going very well here. The academic situation is better here than it was at McGhee. Here I am getting more individual help.”
Basketball is working out as well for Washington at Heritage Christian.
“It did not take me long to adjust,” he said. “I liked it here right away.
“We just finished fourth in a tournament this past weekend in Austin and I made the all-tournament team.”
Washington, who estimated that he is averaging around 20 points and 10 rebounds per game for his 6-2 team, recently took the ACT and is waiting on his test results. His recruiting situation is a little unclear at the moment for a couple of reasons. One, he has yet to qualify. Two, many colleges are not yet aware that he has reclassified as a 2006 prospect. Nonetheless, Washington provided some insight into his recruitment.
“Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Florida, Miami, Arkansas State, Ole Miss and Kansas State are recruiting me,” he said. “Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Arkansas State have scholarships for me.
“The schools that I really like are Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, but you know, I really like all the schools. The main one is Arkansas, though. I took a visit there, and it’s a good school, with a good campus and good teammates. It also is close to home.”
Washington, a long athlete who can shoot the ball, displayed a great deal of upside during the summer circuit. He does need to get stronger and improve his feel for the game.