2018 Aztecs recruit Warren Washington made the move this offseason from Escondido to Mission Hills High School. Because of that move he had to sit out the first thirty days of the season. Since his arrival the Grizzlies have been undefeated and last night they hosted the #4 ranked (according to the San Diego Union Tribune) Vista Panthers. Mission Hills held off a late rally from the Panthers for a 70-66 win. The Grizzlies will definitely move up from #7 in the county in the next poll if they can continue their winning ways.
Washington had a big game in the win against his AAU teammate Taurus Samuels (18 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds) and coach Anthony Bolton. In a dominating performance Washington filled the stat sheet with 23 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. It was apparent that he has taken his game to the next level, a result of his work with Gamepoint Basketball and during his 30-day wait to start the season.
“The thirty days were a blessing in disguise. I worked on my body and all around game,” Washington said.
Yesterday Washington was active on the glass on both ends of the floor, nearly reaching double figures on each end of the court. Washington was also aggressive driving to the hoop. Many times he would start at the high post and drive to the basket for a layup or dunk. Other times when he caught the ball in the post he would back down the defender before finishing with either hand. The surprising thing is how well he passes in traffic. On more than one occasion Washington would attack the basket and draw a second defender only to dish the ball to an open teammate.
While Washington looks much improved, he also has not reached his potential. He has parts of his game that he wants to solidify, as well as his overall strength.
“I feel like I need to improve on being more consistent and getting stronger,” he says.
In regards to his recruiting many schools are inquiring about the 6-10 big man. He has offers from schools like California, Nevada, San Diego State, and Utah, among others. Washington mentions seven schools as keeping contact with him.
“I’ve been hearing from Butler, Cal, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Nevada, San Diego State, and Utah the most.”
Washington looks to keep playing well this high school season and hopes to continue improving. When the time comes to make a decision Washington will be a major coup for whatever college he chooses.