Wesley Washington to play for CA junior college

Guard Wesley Washington, who was expected to have a big impact for Minnesota as a freshman, has left Yapavai (AZ) CC and will play at Compton (CA) CC. The former Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei standout returned home to California after failing to gain admission to the University of Minnesota and enrolled at Yapavai, which has made the NJCAA Tournament the past two seasons. However, Roughrider head coach Brooks Thompson recently left the program to become an assistant at Arizona State.

Wesley Washington enrolled in classes at Yapavai Community College in January and attend classes at the school during the spring semester. Washington practiced with the team for the remainder of the season.

Washington will attend summer school classes at Compton and play for the Tartars season. He would be eligible to transfer to a Dvision I school after the season with three years of eligibility reamining.

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. Washington was coached in high school by California coaching legend Gary McKnight.

The Gopher signee found out last 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 surrounding his test score caused the administration 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 during the season), Adam Boone and Aaron Robinson.

Minnesota is not expected to recruit Washington at Compton. Oregon State, whose assistant Clay McKinght is the son of Wesley's high school coach, and Arizona State with former Yavapai head coach Thompson would figure to be among the favorites for his services.

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