Ex-Gopher recruit Wesley Washington does JC visits

Guard Wesley Washington, who was expected to have a big impact for Minnesota as a freshman, visited Midland (TX) CC this weekend and is expected to check out Yapavai (AZ) CC. The former Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei standout had returned home to California after failing to gain admission to the University of Minnesota.

Wesley 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.

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 Gopher 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. Unfortunately, questions surrouding his test score caused the adminstration to deny his admission.

Washington was expected to play significant minutes as a freshman for the Gophers, playing in the backourt alongside Ben Johnson, Maurice Hargrow (who transferred recently), Adam Boone and Aaron Robinson.

Midland is known as a guard-dominated program that produced former NBA guard Mookie Blaylock. Yapavai has Bryson Krueger, who is being recruited by Minnesota. They are coached by former Oklahoma State guard Brooks Thompson, who was a first-round pick by Orlando in 1994.

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