When Howard Washington committed to Butler before July it looked like the Bulldogs had a key piece to their 2016 recruiting class. In the end though that isn't the case. After leaving Montverde Academy in February, Washington and the Butler staff talked about his future in the program, and since that point the two have agreed mutually to go in a different direction.
Washington now will re-classify to 2017. Even though Washington had signed a Letter of Intent in the fall, Butler gave him a full release from his letter, and he is not bound by any restrictions.
Look for Washington, who is a good shooter and a solid floor general, to attract a good amount of interest as he goes through the spring and summer on the AAU circuit. Initially Washington had numerous high-major offers, including one from Wake Forest which pursued him aggressively before his commitment to Butler.