Darius Washington, Jr.

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Darius Washington Jr.
No. 6 – ČEZ Nymburk
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League NBL
VTB United League
Eurocup
Personal information
Born (1985-12-06) December 6, 1985 (age 29)
Winter Park, Florida
Nationality American / Macedonian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Edgewater (Orlando, Florida)
College Memphis (2004–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
2006 PAOK Thessaloníki
2006–2007 ČEZ Nymburk
2007 Austin Toros
2007 San Antonio Spurs
2007–2008 Aris Thessaloniki
2008–2009 Ural Great Perm
2009–2010 Galatasaray
2010–2011 Lottomatica Roma
2011 Piratas de Quebradillas
2011–2012 Türk Telekom
2012 Piratas de Quebradillas
2012–2013 Hapoel Eilat
2013 Le Mans Sarthe
2013–2014 Olin Edirne
2014–present ČEZ Nymburk
Career highlights and awards

Darius Myron Washington Jr. (born December 6, 1985) is an American-Macedonian professional basketball player who currently plays for ČEZ Basketball Nymburk.

He is a point guard-shooting guard and played college basketball with the University of Memphis. He has also played with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and the NBA D-League's Austin Toros in 2007.

Amateur career[edit]

An AAU national champion at age 10, Washington attended Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida. In his senior year, he played in an ESPN High School Showcase game against future NBA player Sebastian Telfair.

He went to University of Memphis, where he earned Conference USA Rookie of the Year and freshman All-American honors on averages of 15.4 points per game and a team-best 3.8 assists. In the final seconds of the 2005 Conference-USA tournament, Washington was given three free throws to overcome a two-point lead by the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Although Washington was a 72-percent shooter, he missed two of the three foul shots.[1]

In his sophomore season at the University of Memphis, Washington helped lead the #1-seeded Tigers to an Elite Eight appearance in the 2006 NCAA tournament, losing to eventual runner-up UCLA. He was named to the All-Conference USA first team and earned an honorable mention as an All-American by the Associated Press.

Professional career[edit]

On April 25, 2006, Washington declared himself as an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. Confident he would be drafted, he signed with a sports agent on June 26, two days before the draft, losing his eligibility to play in college. With analysts being skeptical on his reliability to play point guard, he was not drafted. Although analyst Dick Vitale and others believed Washington had a shot to make an NBA roster as a free agent,[2] he failed to do so after trying out with several teams during training camp.

Europe[edit]

He was later drafted by the Austin Toros of the D-League, but he instead chose to sign with PAOK Thessaloniki of the Greek League. In 2007, he led the ČEZ Nymburk team to the Czech Republic League title after leaving PAOK. He played in the ULEB Cup competition during the year with both clubs.

In January 2008, Washington signed a 2-year contract with the Euroleague club Aris Thessaloniki, a team that competes in the Greek League. He was released by Aris after one season. At the end of October 2008, he signed a contract with the Russian Super League club Ural Great Perm.

In July 2009, he signed a contract with Galatasaray Cafe Crown.[3]

In April 2010, he signed with Lottomatica Roma until the end of the season.

In 2011 he joined the Piratas de Quebradillas.[4]

In the summer of 2011, he signed a contract with Türk Telekom.

In January 2013, he joined Israeli side Hapoel Eilat, but only played 6 games with the team, averaging 11ppg and 1.3apg. Though highly praised in Eilat, his contract was bought out and in February, he moved to French side Le Mans.[5] In July 2013, he joined Olin Edirne Basket in Turkey.[6]

On June 23, 2014, he signed with his former team ČEZ Nymburk for the 2014–15 season.[7]

NBA[edit]

Washington signed with the San Antonio Spurs on October 1, 2007, and was assigned to the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League in late November.[8] He was called up in early December to take Tony Parker's spot on the roster while he healed from an injury; however, Washington was waived by the Spurs on December 28.[9] He appeared in 18 games for the Spurs where he averaged 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.1 minutes.

He played with the Chicago Bulls during the 2008–09 NBA pre-season, but was waived by the team before the start of the regular season.

Macedonian national team[edit]

Washington was granted Macedonian citizenship, where he is known as Darius Vašington (Дариус Вашингтон in Cyrillic), and he joined the Macedonian national basketball team.[10]

Popular Culture[edit]

The song "The Line" by Phish was written about the missed free throws at the conclusion of the 2005 C-USA Championship game. The song premiered in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 31, 2013. However, during the performance, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio mistakenly referred to Washington as having played for Michigan State, and the missed free throws as having taken place during the Final Four [11]

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