2012 Intro: Andre Washington

Every college is searching for skilled big men. One place schools are looking is Roanoke Catholic High School in Virginia where Andre Washington is currently having a strong junior season. DeaconSports spoke with Washington about his season and recruitment so far.

Andre Washington may very well be a hidden gem in the 2012 class. The skilled 6'11, 210 pound junior at Roanoke Catholic is averaging over 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. Earlier this season, Washington registered a triple double which included 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots.

"We are playing pretty well so far," said Washington of the season. "We did not have many practices leading up to our first game but we are coming together good."

Washington is also continuing to work hard on his game and is seeing the results. "I think I have been playing well. I have been getting at least a double double in all of my games. I think I have really improved a lot since last season." Playing at Franklin County High School a year ago, Washington averaged 8.6 points and 7.6 boards per game as a member of the class of 2011. He has transferred to Roanoke Catholic and has reclassified to the class of 2012.

Washington is a very versatile center that can do multiple things on the court. "I like to play with my back to the basket. I can also face up and hit shots from the wing or high post. I have always had a knack for blocking shots as well."

Washington is beginning to hear from multiple Division 1 schools and already has three offers on the table.

"I have offers from Liberty, James Madison, and UNC-G. I am also hearing a lot from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia," he said.

Washington is developing a good relationship with the Wake Forest coaches, most notably coach Jeff Battle. "I have a real good relationship with Coach Battle. We have good conversations not only about basketball but also things in general."

Washington has already unofficially visited the three schools that have offered him. He also plans to visit Richmond, Wake Forest, and West Virginia in the near future.

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