Michael Washington Has an Interesting New Option

As he prepares to attend this week's Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis, McGehee basketball star Micheal Washington (6-9, 210) is getting close to making a decision on a school. But it might not be what you're thinking as there is a new twist to his situation.

A lot of things are happening right now in the life of McGehee's Michael Washington, but it's one decision that he is about to make that's going to determine the path for the future of the current Arkansas Wings hoops standout.

Washington (6-9, 210), who will attend the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis this week, said Saturday he is considering spending next season at Mount Zion Christian Academy Durham, N.C.

Mount Zion is the prestigious prep school that has established itself as a top-notch basketball program who has sent several players into college basketball and also has new Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady as an alum.

Not only would that be a big locale change for him, but it appears that Washington will also be reclassified from a senior to a junior and thus would be a 2006 prospect instead of a 2005 one.

"I am going to go down there to North Carolina and visit and see what it's like," Washington said. "It's something that I am definitely considering. I know it could make me a better player going against all that great competition that they play and I would get that extra year."

Washington, an admittedly shy young man who is being recruited by Arkansas and several other top basketball programs, knows it is a big decision and one that will ultimately be made by his parents.

"I guess we will go down and check it out and see what it is all about," Washington said. "And then I guess it will be up to my parents."

Washington said he was shocked recently to get a call from officials at Mount Zion, who currently numbers 2005 top prospect Brandon Rush on its roster and is also getting the summer look over from Kansas City (Mo.) O'Hara star guard Marcus Walker - two players Arkansas is also recruiting.

"They just called the house out of the blue," Washington said. "I was very surprised."

He averaged 21.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals and had 68 dunks for a team that finished 15-15 during the regular season.

Washington shot 47 percent from the field overall, knocked down 42 percent of his 3-point attempts (42 of 100) and also connected on 76.4 percent of his free throw attempts.

He's continued that impressive play this spring and summer with the Wings and that's drawn the interest of schools such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Florida and Miami to name a few.

"Things are going pretty good," Washington said. "I think I've been playing pretty well. I'm getting better."

The Wings, who will play in Orlando in both the Nike Showcase and AAU 17-and-under national tournament, recently added a couple of two-sport stars to the squad in Little Rock Central's Stewart Franks and Mickey Dean.

"They are very good athletes and we're playing better with them on the team," Washington said. "We thinking we are going to be pretty good down in Orlando."

Pending his decision on Mount Zion, Washington continues to enjoy the attention for the aforementioned schools.

"I really like Arkansas and a lot of the other schools," Washington said. "I guess we'll just see what all happens after I go down to North Carolina."


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