ESPN No. 31 ranked high school junior shooting guard Duane Washington has committed to Ohio State.
The 6-3 Washington averaged 13.1 points and 4.5 assists this season for Grand Rapids Christian (MI).
He also had a strong summer, averaging 14.9 points on 46 percent shooting from three for The Family on the Nike EYBL circuit.
“I had complete trust in [OSU] Coach [Chris] Holtmann and he had complete trust in me,” Washington told ohiostate.247sports.com. “When that chance came to have a great fanbase behind me and Ohio State having one of the largest alumni organizations in the world, I could not wait any longer.”
Washington prides himself on his versatility.
“I can play the one or the two. I can shoot the ball, I can pass the ball and I can rebound the ball,” said Washington. “My leadership skills are also off the charts. I feel like I can get people to open up to me and trust me.”
Land-Grant Holy Land’s Patrick Mayhorn loves Washington’s game.
“He’s a great shooter from deep and mid-range, both off the dribble or the pass, and can do some serious damage if given any kind of space,” Mayhorn wrote. “[He’s] a combo guard with point guard capabilities if needed, [with] a dangerous jumper..exactly what Ohio State needs.”
Washington — whose father is former NBA player Duane Washington Sr. and uncle is five-time NBA champ Derek Fisher (Lakers) — has transferred to Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, CA) for his senior year where he will be living with Fisher.
“I get to go live with a five-time NBA champion who spent 20 years in the NBA and have him pour all of that knowledge into me,” Washington told cleveland.com. “I’m going to soak it all up like a sponge.”
The Buckeyes beat out the likes of UCLA, Oregon, Michigan, Texas A&M, SMU, and Nebraska to land Washington.
At Ohio State, Washington will join fellow 2018 recruit No. 59 Jaedon LeDee.
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