Posted On: 01/11/17 11:58 AM
The class of 2018 is still a work in progress as the talent at the top are among the best in the nation but the middle tier of DI prospects is still waiting to get figured out as some players are starting to come on the rise. One such player is Terre Haute South guard DeAvion Washington.
This high school season has pushed Washington to new heights in his game. Terre Haute South has had to play without their standout senior, Jaylen Minnett, for a little bit and it has changed the dynamic, putting a lot of pressure on Washington to be the leading scorer and he and his team has responded well.
“Jaylen is a key factor but we have other options on scoring, other defensive options,” Washington said of his team missing Minnett. “We are going to need Jaylen from here on out.”
Washington looks more and more like a high-end scoring guard this season. His jump shot has come around and looks more consistent and a weapon that he can use well on his own, although with Minnett distributing the ball, he can be even better off the catch.
“I’ve been working on my jump shot a lot, my ball handling, and just trying to get my confidence up,” DeAvion said of his areas of focus this season. “Just get out in the passing lanes and get the steal. Get the easy buckets in transition.”
The other big area of improvement is his defense. He’s really getting after it and starting to put his size and athleticism to good use on the perimeter. In games we have scouted, he’s become a menace because of his ability to defend on the perimeter. He’s creating turnovers and getting easy points off of them.
As far as recruiting, things are starting to build up for him. Ball State, Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Bradley, and UW-Milwaukee have all been in to see Washington this winter at Terre Haute South. However, two schools that have extended offers sit at the top so far.
“Valparaiso and Indiana State are at the top of my list but I really haven’t cut it down yet,” Washington said. “I like how (Valparaiso) plays a great schedule. They play Kentucky and they compete. I just like how the coaches are really good and they have a family and if I got to Valpo I’ll be family.”
“I like Indiana State because it is a hometown team and I feel like if I go there I’ll be family too,” Washington said of the local offer. “My family lives down the street from ISU. I think it is a positive because they get to see all my home games and some away games.”
Things are still a ways off from Washington but he’s putting up solid numbers this season and has broken the 30+ point barrier a few times already. He’s set for a strong second half of the season as Terre Haute South looks to compete for a Sectional Championship and beyond.