Posted On: 11/27/18 6:00 AM
Fern Creek graduated 10 seniors in May but the Tigers are still listed among the favorites to cut down the nets in the 6th region and get back to Rupp Arena for the third straight season. One reason the Creek isn’t expected to have a big drop off this season is Sophomore forward Darrius Washington. Darrius is a versatile 6’7 forward who currently sits at second overall in the 2021 class rankings. Washington spent the preseason trying to elevate his game,”During the off-season I put in a lot of time in the weight room to improve my size. My goal is to play strong in my position. I also have been working on my foot work to help improve my inside and outside game. I’m tall, but I’m not just a post player.” His development has helped to lure some Division I colleges to the gym at Fern Creek this fall. Darrius told me, “We had some coaches come to practices and watch us play. I’ve gotten lots of good feedback and interest. My parents have had a chance to talk to some of the coaches and they say they will be continuing to watch me play. I don’t have any offers right now.” By this time next season, that will likely have changed.
Heading into his Sophomore season, Darrius is ready to embrace a bigger role after being a bench player for the Creek last season. Washington told me, “I really want to bring my full game. I want to make sure I’m getting down the floor, dunking more, passing more, scoring more, and really just be a leader on and off and the court.” The big man also has lofty goals for his team this year. “My goal for my team is to come together and build each other up, having each other’s back on and off the court. We have a challenge ahead of us and it’s going to take us being more vocal during games and being strong on defense. If we do that we can compete against anyone.” As mentioned earlier, Darrius is currently ranked second in the 2021 rankings and could move up if Zion Harmon never gains eligibility. Washington is looking to move up to the top spot regardless, “Me being ranked #2 in the state makes me want to work even harder to be #1. I want to give my best at whatever I do. So the ranking just motivates me.” Darrius Washington has one of the highest ceilings of any prospect in the state with high level athleticism and a strong build. He should be a matchup issue for everyone in Louisville and could help get the Tigers get back to Rupp Arena in March.