Duane Washington, three-star point guard for the Sierra Canyon basketball team outside of Los Angeles California, has accepted the offer to play for Ohio State University. Washington grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan before coming to play in California, and he recently visited Ohio State this past month after receiving an offer from the Buckeyes. He is considered the 55th best point guard in the country and the 289th best overall prospect.
This news came after a tense month where Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann had no commitments for the 2018 class and then received two in a matter of days, with Jaedon LeDee, four-star forward of Kinkaid School, also committing to Ohio State. Washington was also looking at Oregon, Michigan and UCLA.
He played summer basketball for the Nike AAU The Family team from Detroit. There, he averaged almost 15 points per game while shooting 46% from outside the arc.
His dad, Duane Washington Sr., played in the NBA briefly and his uncle is long time LA Lakers guard Derek Fisher. He is living with Fisher while playing for Sierra Canyon.
This may mark a turn in Buckeyes' prospects for the 2018 season after a coaching change that came in June. Potential in-state recruits such as Dwayne Cohill (combo guard), Dane Goodwin (shooting guard), and Darius Bazley (small forward) have committed to Dayton, Notre Dame, and Syracuse, respectively. More notably, Torrence Watson, shooting guard and the Buckeyes' then only commitment for the 2018 season, reneged his commitment to Ohio State back in July, citing personal and family reasons.
Along with these new commitments, the Buckeyes are still hopeful to recruit point guard Elijah Weaver, whose interest remains strong in both Florida and Ohio State. Washington at 6’3” is able to playing point guard or shooting guard at the college level and is considered to have a very good shooting touch.
Duane Washington (18/The Family) 2017 Spring AAU Highlights