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Wake Forest Basketball Player Profile: Rich Washington

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What can we expect from the freshman?

NCAA Basketball: Wake Forest at Virginia Tech Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

We finish our Wake Forest player profiles with freshman Rich Washington. Washington is a 6’6”, 180-pound freshman out of Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was a consensus 3-star recruit and chose the Deacs over Texas Tech. What can we expect from Washington this season?

Washington played 6 minutes against Piedmont International, and scored 2 points and grabbed 2 rebounds. In the Bahamas Tour, Washington averaged 4 points per game, but did not score in Wake’s closest game of the tour.

Washington’s biggest asset is his shooting ability. When he plays this season, he will help the Deacs stretch the floor, and he will be another reason why this is by far the best shooting team that Danny Manning has had here at Wake Forest. In addition to his shooting, he can also put it on the floor and get to the basket. However, he will need to add muscle to his frame to be able to do that at the college level.

Rich also has good #length, so he has the ability to develop into a plus defender for the Deacs who can create deflections that lead to transition opportunities. With his size, he will be able to switch onto multiple positions, and that will give Manning more options with his lineups. I think Brandon Childress is probably going to be the only Wake freshman to receive significant playing time this season, but I do think Washington can contribute as a shooter coming off the bench.

What are you all expecting from Rich this season?