OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University men’s basketball head coach John Cooper announced today (June 14) that Eric Washington has transferred into the program after spending the past two seasons at Presbyterian College. Washington will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer requirements and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2014-15 season.
Washington, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound point guard from Columbia, S.C., played in 53 games the past two years for the Blue Hose. As a sophomore he started 22 games, averaging 8.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest. His 6.5 assists per game average ranked 15th nationally among Division I leaders, while his 83.8 percent free throw percentage ranked 64th.
“We’re really excited about Eric joining our program,” said Cooper. “Looking at what Eric’s been able to do, averaging over six assists a game at Presbyterian, you’re talking about a young man who understands moving the ball around and distributing it, but who still has the ability to break defenses down with his quickness and toughness.”
Washington was a three-year letterwinner for Keenan High School, leading the Raiders to South Carolina State Championships in 2010 and 2011. He was named area player of the year as a senior in 2011, after earning all-region accolades as a junior in 2010.
“One of the things I like about him is that he comes from a high school program that is well respected and has won a couple of state championships, and he has been coached well in high school and at Presbyterian College,” added Cooper. “Our style of play will serve him well in his ability to really be able to transition the basketball and find people in the open court. The toughness and leadership that he will bring to our program will really serve us well in the future.”
Washington joins 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward Joshua Oswald (Melbourne, Australia/Caulfield Grammar School), who signed with the RedHawks in November, and Jaryd Eustace (Brisbane, Australia/Brisbane Boys’ College), a 6-for-7, 185 pound guard who signed in April as Miami Basketball’s incoming class next season.