Wesley Washington talks about OSU visit

Wesley Washington, a 6-foot-3 guard from Compton (CA) CC, visited Oregon State this past weekend. Washington signed with Minnesota in the fall of 2002, but questions surrounding his standardized test score caused the administration to deny his admission. He enrolled in classes at Yapavai (AZ) CC in the winter, but left and will play at Compton this year. Washington also recently visited Minnesota and CollegeBasketballNews.com caught up with him last night and got the latest on his recruitment.

Wesley Washington was named second-team Best of the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram as a high school senior. He led Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei to a 35-2 mark as they finished the year ranked No. 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.

Washington enrolled in classes at Yapavai Community College in January and attended classes at the school during the spring semester. He practiced with the team for the remainder of the season. He attended summer school classes at Compton and played in several JC events, including the Jerry Mullen JC Jamboree in Tulsa.

Washington plans to receive his AA degree, which would allow him to be eligible to transfer to a Division I school after the season with three years of eligibility remaining.

Oregon State, whose assistant Clay McKnight is the son of Wesley's high school coach, has former Mater Dei teammate Marcel Jones, an incoming freshman, on the roster. Washington said that he enjoyed his visit and that the Beavers are his current favorite.

"It went pretty good. I had a great time. I really like them and I like the direction that the program is headed. It was nice to see Marcel. I have not seen him for nearly a year."

Washington previously said that Oklahoma State and Texas A&M were in the mix. However, the Cowboys have received a commitment from guard Byron Eaton, so they have dropped interest in Washington.

"I'm not sure anymore. I have not talked to them recently."

Washington plans to visit Texas A&M in the future.

"I am talking to the coaches and trying to get that set up."

Washington said that he will likely wait until December to visit Texas A&M. His visits to Minnesota and Oregon State were unofficial visits since he is not eligible for official visits until next semester. Washington has to spend a full season at the junior college level before he can take official visits.

Washington said that he has not spoken to the Minnesota coaches since his visit.

"I have not talked to them (the coaches) since my visit. I know that Coach Vic (Couch) has been sick."

Washington said that he is looking forward to playing after sitting out the entire 2002-03 season.

"We are looking really good. We've been playing great team ball."

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