6'3 Grand Rapids Christian (MI) guard Duane Washington Jr. has had a breakout spring running with The Family, one of Michigan's Nike EYBL squads. The Family lost their first five games of the EYBL season, digging themselves quite a hole. However, they are 5-2 over their last seven games and now 5-7 overall. One major reason for their recent success is the play of Duane Washington.
Washington has scored in double-digits in eight of The Family's 12 games to date this spring. He has three games of 20 points or more, including Sunday's 28-point outburst against Cal Supreme Elite in an overtime victory. The scoring numbers are impressive, but what's even more impressive is Washington's efficiency. On the year, he is averaging 15.6 points per game on 49% shooting from the field, 47% shooting from three, and 89% shooting from the free-throw line.
This is not on low-volume either. Washington, in 12 games, is 27-58 from three, good for 47%. From the charity stripe, it's 23-26, putting him just south of 90%. Several of his buckets have come in clutch, last-minute possessions as well.
St. Joe's has been involved with Washington's recruitment for quite some time. Phil Martelli has made several trips to Michigan to see both Washington and his friend Marcus Bingham, a 6'9 forward with a Hawk offer, also from Grand Rapids. Martelli has conducted in-home visits with both Washington and Bingham. Washington was offered by the Hawks over the winter. He also holds offers from the likes of Rhode Island, Duquesne, Toledo, Middle Tennessee State, Tulsa, and more.
Due to his impressive shooting numbers, his size, his build, and his ability to play both on and off the ball, his recruitment is in no way, shape, or form, slowing down. Missouri and a number of other Midwest high majors are also recruiting Washington. The Hawks are involved with a number of wing guards in 2018, including Rasir Bolton, Matthue Cotton, Jack Clark, Brendan Adams, Wynston Tabbs, Noah Locke, and more. His play this month has likely moved Washington into the top tier of 2018 recruiting targets for the Hawks.
This is one to pay close attention to for Saint Joseph's fans over the coming weeks and months.