One of the more intriguing 2005 prospects in Las Vegas this past weekend was Arkansas Wings’ Michael Washington. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward from McGhee (Ark.) High School is long, athletic, and can shoot the ball, and that is why there was a buzz amongst the coaches concerning his potential.
Kansas, Texas, Ole Miss were just a few of the schools that were watching and asking about Washington.
Anyone with his length and athleticism who can also shoot 42 percent from three during the high school season is a guy worth watching. On the season, he averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
“Texas and Oklahoma State came in several times to watch him,” said Wings assistant coach Antonio Moore. “Arkansas is interested but that depends on Al Jefferson. If Jefferson comes to Arkansas, they will need a point guard. If Jefferson goes pro, they will need a big. Indiana and Mississippi State are also interested.”
Washington is a hard worker but is still trying to get a better feel for the game. He is a power forward who can step out and make shots. However, he lacks strength right now, and his not yet a very good handler and passer. Academics might also be an issue.
Yet, in three years he has the potential to be a force on the high major level.
“Michael has lots of upside,” said Coach Moore. “He is a little raw but very determined.”