Anthony Washington Leaves UW Men's Basketball Team

Sept. 28, 2004

SEATTLE - Junior Anthony Washington is leaving the University of Washington men's basketball team and will transfer to another school, Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound center played 27 games last season, averaging 10 minutes per contest. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 2004 for the 19-12 Huskies who were the Pac-10 runners-up and competed in the NCAA Tournament. Washington played three minutes and scored two points in UW's 102-100 first-round loss to UAB.

Washington's only double-figure scoring game came during the 2003-04 season opener when he tallied 14 points in a win over Portland State on Nov. 21. He grabbed a career-high seven rebounds against Arizona State on Jan. 31.

'We wish Anthony success,' Romar expressed. 'It was unfortunate early in his career that he suffered a foot injury that didn't allow him to play his best basketball.

'We are excited that he will be leaving here on track to graduate. Even though he will not be with us, we still consider Anthony part of the Husky Basketball family and we will continue to support him.'

A product of Seattle's Garfield High School, Washington averaged 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds as a freshman in 2002-03. He started 12 times and participated in 20 games despite being sidelined for seven midseason games due to an injured left foot.

Washington plans to complete the fall quarter at UW before officially transferring. He did not declare his transfer destination.

Anthony was the only player in the 103-year history of Husky basketball with the last name 'Washington.'

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