Washington Has Three Leaders

Leonard Washington is a man of few words. He'd prefer to let his play do his talking - and that's exactly what the Washington-Marion (La.) 6-foot-6 junior has done.

Leonard Washington isn't one of those guys who talks a lot. He prefers to let his play do his talking – and that's not a bad thing.

The Lake Charles Washington-Marion High (La.) 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior scored 21 points in a rout over Alexandria earlier in the week and his team will face Helen Cox tonight in the Class 4A regionals.

Washington couldn't even ponder a guess at his scoring or rebounding averages, but he did know that his team was 25-9 going into tonight's matchup.

``I think I'm playing well," Washington said. "I know I'm rebounding well, but I'm not playing as good on defense as I want to."

Washington, who was suspended earlier in the season for a couple of games for what he called a "little misunderstanding" with his high school coach, Mark Guillory, said he plans to play this spring and summer with Louisiana Select.

``I want to show people I can shoot the ball from the outside," Washington said of his goal this summer.

Washington has been compared to Texas undersized forward P.J. Tucker because of their size, hard-nosed playing style and skills. He doesn't mind it at all.

``That dude's amazing," he said.

The Longhorns are at, or near the top of Washington's list – along with LSU and Oklahoma. Washington also said that UConn, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Colorado State are in the mix.


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