There’s been non-stop speculation surrounding the aftermath of the NCAA sanctions for Syracuse. Transfers, defections, Thomas Bryant choosing Indiana. But the Orange continue to be knocking on many productive doors, and one of those is combo guard (Class ’16) Howard Washington of Montverde Prep (Florida).
He’s not getting the buzz Tyus Battle is. He’s not the top recruit on his team. But Washington (6’3″ – 160) is a sought-after Buffalo kid, and has offers from Boston College, Virginia, Notre Dame and Memphis. But his interest in Syracuse seems to still be at the top of the list. Washington gets swallowed up by the breadth of talent at Montverde, which is the premier high school program in the nation.
A few days ago, Montverde Academy beat Oak Hill Prep 70-61 in the Dick’s National Finals at MSG. Ben Simmons is Montverde’s top (and the nation’s) prospect, and is headed to LSU. He took home MVP honors with 20 points, 11 boards. But Washington started, and tallied 5 points, 2 assists and a steal in 15 minutes of work.
Poise, leadership and the ability to run the pick-and-roll are the strengths of Washington’s game. Now Syracuse has the space in scholarships to not have to stress about numbers. Keep eyes peeled on Washington. He’s from a few hours down the road, Syracuse appears to top his choices, and he starts on the most dominant prep team in the country. Not bad, SU. Not bad.