November 14, 2012

Washington verbally commits to Wyoming

While the Wyoming Cowboy basketball coaches announced two signees for the recruiting class of 2013 today, they alluded to the fact there may be another signing coming soon.

That signing is likely to come from Dallas guard Trey Washington. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound point man said Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to Wyoming and will be in Laramie this weekend to take his official visit.

"I verbally committed about a week ago," Washington said. "I'll sign when I come up and then I will sign my Letter of Intent that Tuesday, I believe."

Washington comes to Wyoming from Woodrow Wilson High School where he averaged 15.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game a year ago. Along the way he was named the Most Valuable Offensive player in his district and paced his team to a 27-4 record and district title.

"I am fast and shifty and great in the open court with the ball," Washingon said when asked for a scouting report. "I see the floor. I hit open teammates in the right spots. I get people the ball where they are comfortable with it."

This summer he led the Dallas Mustangs AAU program through what he termed as a successful season.

"It was actually pretty good," Washington said of his summer. "We finished top four in every tournament we played in. I improved my confidence level. A year ago I didn't have the confidence I have now. Playing on that team turned me into a vocal leader and really I just became a point guard."

Washington said he was offered scholarships from Wyoming, Central Michigan, Middle Tennessee State and Northern Colorado. He said he had planned to commit to Central Michigan at one point but hesitated and another prospect claimed the scholarship to Coach Keno Davis' squad. That led to conversations with Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt.

"Wyoming came into the picture later this summer and I talked to the head coach a lot," Washington said. "They watched me do drills, they saw me workout and we talked a lot. After a while they offered me a scholarship and I thought it would be good to take it now rather than wait.

"(Coach Shyatt) is a big person on character," Washington continued. "Most coaches are looking for the best athlete or the best person that can shoot or handle the ball, but he is a big character guy. You can be the best player and have a terrible attitude and he won't deal with you and I like that. He is a people person."

This weekend Washington will make his first visit to the state of Wyoming and admits having some trepidation about the cold weather of Laramie, but he also has a laundry list of things he is excited to see.

"I really want to see the campus, some of the sites around the city and see what the people there are like," Washington said. "I want to see how the school is as far as students. I want to look deep into the academics because I care about my grades. Also, I want to see how the team reacts to each other, how they practice and if they have a family-type relationship."

The future Communications and Business Major said he is also interested in other aspects of student-life not traditionally associated with basketball players.

"I play the piano, I write poetry on my off-time," Washington said. "I used to have dreams of being an R&B pianist before I developed the love of basketball. I still want to so some of that like hit a spoken-word joint to read some of the stuff I have written."

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