SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse now has their point guard in the 2017 class. Point guard Howard Washington of Athlete's Institute in Canada verbally committed to the Orange on Thursday. Washington grew up a Syracuse fan and called them his dream school throughout his recruitment.
Originally part of Butler's 2016 class, Washington parted way with the Bulldogs and reclassified to 2017. He joined Athlete's Institute, which also features Syracuse signee Oshae Brissett, and continued to attract a lot of interest on the recruiting trail. But one school was always on his mind. Syracuse.
The Orange extended an offer recently, and he did not wait long to jump on the opportunity.
Syracuse had a glaring need for a point guard in this class with John Gillon using up the last of his eligibility this season, leaving only Frank Howard returning at the position. The Orange recruited Quade Green heavily, but he chose Kentucky. Once that happened, Washington become a much more realistic option.
Syracuse watched Washington play multiple times and he visited for a few games this past season as well, including the buzzer beating win over Duke.
Washington is a 6-foot-3 point guard with high basketball IQ. He has put up monster numbers for Athlete's Institute, recording several triple doubles.