Wesley Washington could be headed to Washington

Wesley Washington of Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei, who signed with Minnesota, but was denied admission this past week, could land at the University of Washington. Washington was named second-team Best of the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram. He led Mater Dei to a 35-2 mark and finished the year ranked #3 by College Basketball News. The Huskies do not start classes until September 29th. Gopher fans had held out hope that Washington might return for Minnesota's second semester.

Wesley 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. The Monarchs defeated Roseville Woodcreek 70-49 to win the California Division II state title as Washington had 12 points. He was named the California Interscholastic Federation Player of the Year as a junior and a senior and the Orange County Register Player of the Year as a senior.

The Gophers signee found out in May that he would be eligible to play basketball as a freshman after receiving word that has gotten a qualifying standardized test score, so the news of his not being part of the 2003-04 team caught many fans off guard.

The Minnesota admissions department questioned his stanardized test scores and denied him admission to enroll last week.

Washington was expected to play significant minutes as a freshman for the Gopers, playing in the backourt alongside Ben Johnson, Maurice Hargrow, Adam Boone and Aaron Robinson.

The Huskies finished just 10-17 last season in head coach Lorenzo Romar's first year with the program.

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