After transferring to Heritage Christian in Houston, Texas, and reclassifying, Michael Washington has taken his game to another level. Now the 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward from McGehee, Ark., is hoping his decision to play college ball close to home will take his game to yet another level.
"I'm sitting next to a young man who said he wants to be a Razorback," said Washington's AAU coach of Antonio Moore of the Arkansas Wings as the two drove back from an unofficial visit to Arkansas.
This is not the first time that Washington, the No. 23 ranked player in the Rivals150, has been on the Arkansas campus.
"Living close to here, I'm pretty familiar with Arkansas," said Washington. "I kind of wanted to come here all along. I also looked at Georgia, Connecticut and North Carolina, but Arkansas has a good coach, good players, and I can get my degree there."
Raw and unpolished but talented, Washington broke onto the national scene in the spring of 2004 with his play for the Arkansas Wings. After a season of ball at Heritage Christian, Washington game is progressively becoming more polished.
"Last year I thought Michael was certainly raw but very determined," said Moore. "At Heritage he was able to improve his footwork and get stronger in the weight room. Now it has clicked with him that not only can he be a very good high major basketball player, but he can be a professional."
Washington will next play at the Nike All American Camp before traveling with the Wings to play in the Peach Jam Classic.
Michael Washington scouting report
Washington has the athleticism and length that coaches drool over. He is raw, however, and is still learning the game. In the process of bulking up and refining his skill level, Washington has the shooting touch, size and athleticism that make him a very intriguing prospect.