INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs continue to build for the future and put the Big East Conference on alert this offseason as they landed their second four-star commitment in the Class of 2016 in point guard Howard Washington today. The 6-2, 172 pound point guard from Montverde Academy joins big man Joey Brunk as four-star commits for the Bulldogs this month. Great early work for Head Coach Chris Holtmann.
“My family and I just felt like it was the best fit,” said Howard Washington on committing to Butler. “It’s a great opportunity. Going in to a starting position or playing a lot, it just felt like it was the best fit for me.”
Howard Washington chose Butler over numerous that have offered him scholarships (the first five of which came prior to playing his sophomore season): Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College, Boston University, Canisius, the University at Buffalo, Xavier, Dayton, Texas Tech, George Washington, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Miami (Fla.), Rice, DePaul, Rhode Island, Georgia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth and Penn State. Washington sits 80th on the ESPN Top 100 and is ranked 10th on the 2016 ESPN Top New York Recruits. Washington sits as a three-star recruit at 162 on 247 Sports, a three-star recruit at 26th rated point guard on Scout and a four-star recruit at 83rd overall on Rivals.
“Coach’s exact words were that literally as soon as I step foot on campus I’ll be expected to take on a big role. If not starting, heavy minutes — and just lead us to win.”
The highly recruited 6-foot-2 point guard played at City Honors as an eighth-grader before spending two years at Canisius, earning second-team All-Western New York honors as a sophomore. Last summer he transferred to Montverde, which went 31-1 to earn the top spot in several high school rankings, including No. 1 in the season-ending USA Today Super 25. He is home for the summer and is again playing summer league tournaments with the Albany City Rocks.
Washington played 28 games for Montverde, averaging 6.6 points, 2.7 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Eagles. As a sophomore at Canisius, he was the Monsignor Martin Association’s Co-Player of the Year, averaging 15 points and 5.5 assists as the Crusaders finished the season 23-3 and the No. 2 ranking in The News large school poll.
Washington feels that his style of play fits in well with what the Butler Bulldogs do on the court.
“It is a pick and roll offense which I like a lot,” said Washington. “They give their guards freedom to pass or shoot of the ball screen and I think that is what I do best, so I think I will fit in really well with what they do.”
At 6-foot-2, Washington brings good size to the point guard position. As a key member of the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL, Washington averaged 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting an impressive 40 percent from three point range.
Washington went on his first and only official visit to Butler this past weekend. He said the Bulldogs began recruiting him this past season at Montverde (Fla.) Academy.
“Just knowing the history of Butler, the final fours … coach (Brad) Stevens is still affilited with . Just the name ‘Butler.’ The Big East. They were at the top of the order. They were our first visit.”
“We felt they were the most genuine — and the best opportunity. Through the whole recruiting process, they were presenting that our best opportunity would be there.”
Washington said there wasn’t really other finalists — he thanked all of the schools who recruited him.
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