Garfield's Anthony Washington Signs with Huskies Again

Nov. 21, 2001

SEATTLE - Anthony Washington, a 6-foot-9 forward from Seattle's Garfield High School, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, men's basketball coach Bob Bender announced Wednesday.

This is the second letter of intent the Huskies have received from Washington. He originally signed with UW on Nov. 10, 2000, but had his letter voided last month when it was discovered that he did not meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements.

'We are pleased that he maintained his desire to be a Husky,' said Bender. 'Anthony Washington's potential is incredible. He runs the floor as well as anybody his size or even three inches smaller. Anthony is a very natural shot blocker who is extremely explosive around the basket.'

Last year, Washington was rated the No. 9 power forward in the West by Prep-West Hoops. He was listed as the 52nd best prep player in the country by Game Plan Sports Scouting Service.

Part of a balanced Garfield attack, Washington averaged 8.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game during his senior season in 2001. The Bulldogs finished with a 27-2 record and were ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the season on the strength of a 23-game winning streak.

Washington averaged 11.5 points and 8.5 rebounds during the 2001 state tournament, helping Garfield to a fifth-place finish. The Bulldogs won their final three tournament games after suffering an 85-82 double-overtime loss to Foss in the first round.

Washington shattered the state tournament record with 21 blocked shots, including a single-game record eight blocks against Sehome. The previous tournament standard of 17 was established in 1990 by Shadle Park's Rob Corkrum. Washington single-handedly broke the previous team record of 20 blocks set by Lake Washington in 1995. His 21 rejections helped Garfield increase the new tournament team record to 26 blocks.

He emerged as a major recruit in the spring of 2000 as Washington averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in all-star competition during that period. He drew recruiting interest last year from numerous colleges, including UCLA, USC, Oregon and Texas-El Paso.

Washington will join the Huskies during the fall of 2002 when he will be reunited with prep teammate Will Conroy who is currently a freshman guard at UW.

The Huskies have two remaining scholarships to give and may receive another letter of intent for the early signing period that ends today. A recruit is allowed to send the letter after Wednesday as long as it was signed and dated by the Nov. 21 deadline.

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