Andrew Albert (@andrewjalbert01)
La Salle picked up a commitment on Tuesday afternoon, as Class of 2013 forward Tony Washington of the Miller School announced he would be playing for the Explorers. The 6-foot-10 power forward also had interest from South Florida and Auburn.
According to a Tweet by Rivals.com writer Glenn Elrod, the senior made his decision to play his college basketball in Philadelphia late Tuesday afternoon.
Washington, who plays high high school basketball at the Miller School of Albemarle, which is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, plays his AAU basketball with the Carolina Cougars, as he is originally from Greenville, South Carolina.
Washington has good size at 6-foot-10, and weights 210 pounds. According to Rivals.com, his rebounding is “outstanding,” and he is said to have good shot blocking abilities as well. In his senior year, he averaged 12.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game, according to MaxPreps.com
Size was one of the issues for La Salle in 2012-2013, and the addition of Washington alleviates some of the size issues the Explorers were dealing with. Assuming that Steve Zack is back and healthy, and Jerrell Wright remains healthy, it is unknown if Washington will see any playing time this upcoming year. Jermaine Davis, who redshirted last season, will also be available for Dr. John Giannini next season.
Washington joins Amar Stukes, who is a senior at La Salle College High School, in La Salle’s class of 2017.