Competing for Team Loaded VA — which also includes a pair of top-50 caliber big men in Javin DeLaurier and Mamadi Diakite, plus shooter Nick Sherod — Rich Washington has had to tailor his duties to best fit the team’s needs.
His work has paid off. Washington averaged 13 points, four rebounds and two assists per game through the first two Adidas events, and he helped balance Loaded’s efforts at last weekend’s David Rose MDC, where his team captured the title.
The slender southpaw hasn’t shot his threes as well so far this year, but he’s making plays for himself and others off the bounce and shooting well from medium-range. He’ll need to raise his long-range percentage back to familiar levels and get stronger, but his ball skill improvement is obvious.
”I’ve been working on my handles a lot,” Washington said. “I’ve always been able to pass, but my ballhandling has really helped me become a better creator.”
Washington projects as a shooting guard for college who also can serve as a secondary ballhander versus pressure. Meanwhile, he stands 6-5 and possesses the length to make a defensive impact as well.
”I see myself as a two guard starting off (in college), maybe transitioning to the one,” Washington said. “Coaches see me as a versatile scorer.”
His recruitment involves a blend of mid- and high-major programs, and a pair of schools have exerted the most effort.
”Wake Forest, ECU, Cincinnati, Northeastern, William & Mary, ODU, Buffalo and some more have offered,” Washington said. “I talk to Wake Forest the most and also William & Mary, that’s probably the two main schools that keep in good contact.”
Washington already has visited Winston-Salem and speaks to the Demon Deacons’ coaching staff regularly.
”I talk to Coach (Steve) Woodberry the most, and I talk to coach Danny Manning like twice a week,” he said. “I took one visit and plan on taking another, sometime this June.”
Washington currently is a three star prospect and has enhanced his reputation over the past two months.