JONESBORO (5/20/11) - Arkansas State head men's basketball coach John Brady announced Friday that Kendrick Washington, a 6-foot-7, 255-pound forward who spent the last two seasons at the University of Houston, has signed with the Red Wolves.
The Shreveport, La. native will practice with the team next season but will not be available to compete in any games due to NCAA transferring rules. Washington will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Red Wolves starting with the 2012-13 campaign.
Washington, a former Class 5A All-State First Team selection at Huntington High School, finished his sophomore season at Houston with 8.3 scoring and 4.7 rebounding averages in 2010-11. He competed in 23 games for the Cougars, finishing the year ranked third on the squad in rebounds and first in scoring among players coming off the bench.
Washington scored in double figures in nine games during his sophomore season, including a stretch of six in a row over the course of 16 days. He recorded a career-high 21 points in a victory over Sam Houston State, and he also pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds against the Bearkats to record his first career double-double. He also grabbed at least five rebounds in 10 games.
As a freshman, Washington made an immediate impact for the Cougars, playing in 31 games that included 15 as a starter. He averaged 4.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per outing. Washington scored in double figures in both of Houston's games against Memphis, including a season-high 16 points in 33 minutes of action Feb. 24, 2010 in Houston. He logged four games with 10 rebounds, including three consecutive contests during a one-week period in the season.
"We are extremely pleased that Kendrick has decided to come to Arkansas State and be a part of our basketball program over the next three years," said ASU head coach John Brady. "He will sit this year and then play his junior and senior years for us."
"He has great size for his position, and with Martavius (Adams) and Malcoln (Kirkland) leaving after this season, he will certainly play a big role for us and the timing could not be better," added Brady.
As a senior at Huntington High School in Shreveport, Washington averaged 19.4 points and 17.5 rebounds his senior season. He was also named All-City Player of the Year during his senior season and was selected as the Class 5A Most Outstanding Player as a junior. He was also an award-winning defensive end for the Huntington High School football team.
"This is a great opportunity to play for a coach like Coach Brady," said Washington. "And when I went on my visit to ASU I was impressed by the school and the environment - all the way from the basketball court to the academics - everything was just perfect. I am all about the team, but the one individual goal I have is to graduate, to get that degree."