Gopher recruit Washington gets qualifying score

6-3 guard Wesley Washington of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei will be eligible to play basketball as a freshman for the Gophers. He received word that he has gotten a qualifying standardized test score Tuesday that will allow him to play as a freshman. Washington is a key addition for the Gophers, who currently have only nine scholarship players.

Wesley Washington led Mater Dei to a 35-2 mark and finished the year ranked #3 by College Basketball News. The Monarchs defeated Roseville Woodcreek 70-49 to win the California Division II state title as Washington had 12 points. Their only losses were to No. 1 Akron St. Vincent- St. Mary and New York (NY) Rice. Washington averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game on a balanced team that has seven Division I caliber recruits.

Washington is expected to spend the summer in Minneapolis, attending summer school and playing in the Howard Pulley Pro-Am League.

Minnesota also signed 6-7 small forward Kerry Woolridge of San Leandro (Calif.) High.

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