Tech Lands Third Basketball Recruit

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Virginia Tech signed its third basketball recruit today, when Deron Washington inked a Letter of Intent with the Hokies. Washington, a 6-7, 190 pound wing player from National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, MD, chose Virginia Tech over scholarship offers from Charlotte, Georgia, and Ole Miss.

“I signed with Virginia Tech,” said Washington, who made official visits to Charlotte and Virginia Tech. “I liked them because of the move to the ACC, and there will be good competition there. It’s a good campus and they have a good coach. Academically, they are good too. I’m thinking about majoring in Business or Architecture.”

Washington joins Nansemond River (VA) point guard Marquie Cooke and Tacoma Community College (WA) small forward Justin Holt as signees for the 2003-2004 recruiting class.

As a junior, he averaged 15 points, nine rebounds, four steals, two assists, and two blocks per game. Deron says he will bring athleticism and intensity to the Hokies program.

“I’m going to bring a slashing style to Virginia Tech,” said Washington. “I’m known for high-rising dunks. I’m a good mover without the basketball, and I can hit jumpers. I play good defense, which I guess is what I’m really known for. My two strengths right now are athleticism and defense. I guard point guards to power forwards for my team.”

Washington feels this recruiting class will help turn the Virginia Tech basketball program around, just in time for the start of ACC competition.

“I know of the other guys Virginia Tech has coming in, and I think we will [turn the program around],” said Washington. “I’m excited to play in the ACC. I can’t wait.”

Rated a three-star prospect by both Insiders.com and Rivals.com, Washington has been working hard to improve his strength over the summer. He has added 13 pounds of muscle since the summer, and feels confident heading into his senior season.

Academically, he says he will take the SAT one more time, but felt confident that his “grades will be straight by the end of the year.”

In addition to the ratings he has earned from Insiders and Rivals, Washington is listed as the 87th overall prospect in the country by HoopScoop. He projects as a wing forward at Virginia Tech.

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