Back when Quade Green spurned Syracuse by picking Kentucky, I tossed out the name Howard Washington as a player that the Orange could turn to for the point guard position in 2017. Yesterday, the 6-foot-3 floor general finally got his offer.
Syracuse has offered 2017 @AI_Academy PG Howard Washington, per source.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 11, 2017
The Buffalo native, who originally committed to Butler as a member of the class of 2016 but decided to reopen his recruitment and take a year of prep school at Athlete Institute in Canada (where he’s a teammate of Syracuse commit Oshae Brissett).
Syracuse is desperate for point guard depth, with Frank Howard currently the only point guard scheduled to be back next season. Of course, based on some off the court buzz, capped off by what appeared to be a heated exchange between Howard and Jim Boeheim during the Miami loss last week, it’s far from a certainty that the sophomore point guard will be back in orange next year.
As Syracuse.com has reported, Washington has been dreaming of an offer from the Orange all his life. At this point, it would be flat out shocking if he decided not to pledge to the program he’s openly said is the one he’s always wanted to play for. Don’t be surprised if Washington picks the Orange sooner than later.
If you’re wondering what kind of game Washington has, you can check him out for yourself below in a game between Athlete Institute and Ridley College a few weeks back. Washington went for 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the blowout win for AIP. In short, though, here’s how I’d sum up Washington…
He’s got solid size at about 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3, and is a solid shooter from long range. He’s a true point guard, not a combination guard like Syracuse has become enamored with in recent years. He handles the ball well, and does a nice job initiating a half court offense. Washington’s also a solid athlete, though you wouldn’t label him explosive, by any stretch. Think more Scoop Jardine than Jonny Flynn in that regard.
At the end of the day, if Howard Washington picks the Orange, he’ll be a four year program guy who will absolutely kill himself in practice and in the weight room in order to prove he belongs on the Carrier Dome court. I wouldn’t expect him to contribute too much right away; the best scenario for him would be for Syracuse to bring in a fifth year point guard to handle the point guard role next season, with Washington developing first into a quality backup, before potentially emerging as an ACC-level starter by the time his junior year rolls around.
Like I said, you can check out one of Washington’s full games here: