Gophers still hoping Washington will arrive

The Minnesota Gopher basketball staff is still optimistic that recruit Wesley Washington of Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei will still land at Minnesota. Assistant coach Bill Walker visited Washington last Wednesday and head coach Dan Monson visited the California guard this week. Washington was denied admission. He could land at a Pac Ten school, most likely Washington, which starts classes on Monday. Gopher fans are hoping that he does not enroll Monday, which would signal his return to Minnesota.

Wesley Washington signed with Minnesota in the fall, was denied admission after a question about his standardized test score. He was named second-team Best of the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram. Washington led Mater Dei to a 35-2 mark and finished the year ranked #3 by College Basketball News. Gopher fans are hoping that Washington might return for Minnesota's second semester rather than decide to enroll at another school.

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.

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