Washington Leads Unbeaten Edgewater

After the summer of 2003, you just knew Orlando Edgewater guard Darius Washington was in for a big junior season. Well, it looks like he's delivering the goods for an undefeated team.

Washington Helps Edgewater To Unblemished Mark

Edgewater coach Travis Jones wants to win his first state championship and junior guard Darius Washington appears to be just the guy to help him get it done.

Edgewater is 16-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida. "We're ranked everywhere but in USA Today," Jones said. "We won the Hooters Shootout in St. Pete."

And the big reason they are winning is Washington. He's averaging right at 30 points a game while shooting 39% from downtown and 81% from the line. "He scored 46 in one game and 42 in another," Jones said. "He'd be averaging a lot more but we're blowing out everyone and he rarely plays in the fourth quarter."

Washington will probably see some fourth quarter action this week as Edgewater travels to Massachusetts to take on DeMatha on Sunday and Archbishop Molloy on Monday.

Washington, for the most part, has been doing his damage as a scoring guard, the position we think best suites him. "I think he's been listed this summer as a point guard," Jones said, "but he's more of a combo guard. He's like Anthony Roberson." Jones said Washington is averaging 3 assists a game.

"His jumper has gotten a lot better. He made five 3s in the last game. He went 4-for-4 in the first quarter. His strength is still getting to the rim. He's smarter about it now. He'll get as far as he can get [in the paint] and shoot pull-up jumpers right now."

Jones said September's live period kept him busy. "Indiana, Ohio State, Memphis, Missouri, Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, UCF, USF were in our gym. It was basically a who's who. Kentucky's been in a few times, Memphis has been in a few times."

With that said, Jones thinks Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Memphis, Arizona, Kentucky and Indiana are the main schools in the picture right now.

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