Stonewalls Washington Commits

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>One of Virginia's top two-sport athletes and most
prolific scorers in basketball has arrived at a decision on where he will
continue his playing career at the next level.
Stonewall Jackson 6-foot-3 swingman J.R.
Washington from the Class of 2013 will play his College Basketball at the
Division II level in Greenwood, South Carolina for the
normal'>Lander University Bearcats and Coach
normal'>Jeff Burkhamer

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Washington, the Cedar Run District Player of the Year
and First Team All-Northwest Region selection, received recruiting interest
from such D-1 programs as Marist, Morehead State and most notably St. Francis
(PA). He also considered going the prep
school route to further enhance his looks.
In the end, Lander proved to make the most sense to him.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I chose them because they were the best fit for me school
wise and basketball wise," said Washington, chosen Second Team All-State in Group
AAA by

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>There were certainly plenty of traits that Lander was
intrigued by in Washington's game.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"My versatility at the two-guard spot and being able to
not only shoot, but get to the basket and be a playmaker," he noted.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>It didn't take long for Washington to get the entire
state's attention on the hardwood this past winter.
style=> Back in December in a 99-68 win over
Freedom-Woodbridge in the George Long Holiday Tournament, he scored a
school-record 61 points, also the most poured in by any player in the state all
season, and sank 10 three-pointers.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Before Washington's scoring outburst, a player from
Prince William County hadn't scored 60 points in a game since Luke Boyd of
class=SpellE>Brentsville in December of 1996.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For his senior campaign, Washington averaged 23.8
points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 43%
from the field, 80% at the foul line (152-190FT's) and drained 62
three-pointers. Having him made life
easier for Stonewall Jackson on its way to a 19-7 overall mark, including
regular season and tournament crowns in the Cedar Run District, and appearance
in the Northwest Region semifinals, where they were knocked out by Mountain

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Basketball wasn't the only sport Washington excelled at
with the Raiders. Last year, he helped
the football team to a playoff appearance and 9-2 overall record, earning
All-Northwest Region First Team honors at wide receiver by catching 52 passes
for 865 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Now that his prep career is finished, Washington is ready
to make a significant contribution at the collegiate level.
style=> What specifically does he want to bring to

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"A winning era," Washington answered.
style=> "They have really good pieces already, but
with me I hope to bring another good piece to the team and to be successful.
style=> Winning a Championship is my goal.
style=> Any individual accomplishments are just a
bonus to me."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In 2012-13, Lander finished 9-17 overall and 4-15 in
the Peach Belt Conference. However, the
team played a bevy of underclassmen. Only
one senior from last season's squad graduates.
Former C.D. Hylton 6-foot-4 forward
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'> Omile just
finished up his freshman season with the Bearcats.



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