Washburn Shows Talent; High Majors Involved

Julian Washburn must have a short memory, as he bounced back after a rough game on Friday to lead Duncanville to a comeback win over Scott County.

After a so-so performance against Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill on Friday, Julian Washburn, a product of Duncanville (Tex.) High, stormed back on Saturday prepared to do battle against Scott County.

The Panthers trailed the Cardinals for nearly the entire game, but it was Washburn that stepped up and made plays when Duncanville needed them the most, especially down the stretch when Duncanville was without two of their best players.

"I think everybody played hard," Washburn said after the game. "Two of our main people fouled out, Shawn [Williams] and Perry [Jones].

Just a day after putting up just four points and four rebounds against Oak Hill, Washburn finished 9-for-15 from the field with 20 points and eight rebounds in the overtime win over Scott County.

"Everybody just told me to play," the 6-foot-8 combo forward said. "I guess I didn't play my game [on Friday], so I came back and did it."

Loaded with potential, Washburn is a guy that college coaches are monitoring. The schools actively recruiting him are Texas, UCLA, Kansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Arizona State and USC.

"I like all of them really," Washburn said. "I'm not leaning towards anyone. I'm open to anything."

According to Washburn, Texas A&M and Texas have made him a major priority. Texas had an assistant present for his game against Scott County, while Oklahoma and Oklahoma State had their head coaches at the Panther's Friday night game.

Washburn, who wants to be recruited to play on the wing, hasn't taken any visits yet. He did, however, say that he's looking for a running system.

"It doesn't really have to be close to home, but style of play [is a factor]. I like to run. I'm not a big fan of half court offense I want to run."

Washburn will get a chance to show off his talent on national television on Thursday, as Duncanville hosts Lance Stephenson and Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln.


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