Wilson Washington

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Wilson Washington
No. 52, 42
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1955-08-03) August 3, 1955 (age 58)
Norfolk, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school Booker T. Washington
(Norfolk, Virginia)
College Maryland (1973–1974)
Old Dominion (1974–1977)
NBA draft 1977 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Career history
1977–1978 Philadelphia 76ers
1978–1979 New Jersey Nets
1979–1980 Stella Azzurra Roma
1980–1982 BV Amstelveen
1982–1983 Elmex Leiden
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Wilson Washington Jr. (born August 3, 1955) is a retired American basketball player and a former assistant coach at Norfolk State University. Washington was an All-American player at Old Dominion University and played for two seasons in the National Basketball Association.

College career[edit]

From Norfolk, Virginia's Booker T. Washington High School, Washington first went to Maryland to play for coach Lefty Driesell. However, he left the school after only one game. He transferred to Division II Old Dominion, where he and the team found great success. As a sophomore in 1974–75, Washington averaged 13.7 points and 12.6 rebounds per game and was named a third team All-American. The Monarchs went 25-6 and defeated New Orleans 76–75 to win the 1975 NCAA Division II national championship. Washington was named the tournament MVP.[1]

As a junior, Washington averaged 17.9 points and 13.5 rebounds and led the Monarchs to a 19-12 record in a season where the Monarchs played many Division I teams in anticipation of moving up a level the next year. ODU again made the Division II Final Four, this time losing to Puget Sound in the national semifinals. Washington was named a first team all-American at the close of the season. As a senior, Washington led the Monarchs to a respectable 25–4 record in their first Division I season. He averaged 18 points and 11.4 rebounds and was named ODU's first Division I All-American, earning AP honorable mention honors in 1977.[1]

For his three year ODU career, Washington scored 1,366 points (16.9 per game), collected 1,011 rebounds (12.5 per game) and blocked 363 shots.[2]

Professional career[edit]

After the close of his college career, Washington was selected in the second round (25th pick overall) of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played sparingly for the Sixers, averaging 1.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in just 2.7 minutes per game. After 14 games, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he enjoyed a larger role off the bench. He returned to the Nets for the 1978–79 season, averaging 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.[3]

Following his time in the NBA, Washington played in Italy and the Netherlands.

Career in the Netherlands:

Wilson Washington speelde in 1980-1981 en 1981-1982 voor BV Amstelveen en in 1982-1983 voor Elmex Leiden. In 1981 eindigde BV Amstelveen als derde in de competitie en werd vervolgens met 2-0 in de halve finales van de play-offs uitgeschakeld door Nashua Den Bosch. In 1982 eindigde Amstelveen op de vierde plaats. Wederom was Nashua Den Bosch - dit keer met 2-1 - in de halve finale van de play-offs te sterk. Elmex Leiden werd in de play-offs van 1983 vanwege de derde plaats op de ranglijst gekoppeld aan Hatrans Haakbergen en ging in de halve finale met 2-0 onderuit. Wilson was in dat laatste jaar de toprebounder van de Haarlem Basketball Week. Maar zijn meest succesvolle periode lag toch in Amstelveen. In 1981 werd hij gekozen in het All Star Team samen met Mitchell Plaat, Randy Wiel, Kees Akerboom en Jimmy Moore. Ook in 1982 zat hij in het All Star Team met Mitchell Plaat, Scott Runia, Kees Akerboom en Jimmy Moore. In beide seizoenen werd hij ook gekozen in het All Defense Team. In 1981 samen met Danny Cramer, Randy Wiel, Charles 'Buff' Kirkland en Jimmy Woudstra, een jaar later samen met Mitchell Plaat, Dan Cramer, Buffie Kirkland en Jimmy Moore. In het seizoen 1981-1982 werd Wilson Washington uitgeroepen tot Meest Waardevolle Speler van de Eredivisie. Hij speelde dat jaar in de All Star Game bij het winnende team (107-104) en won later op de avond de in Groningen de dunk contest door Antonio Martin van Hatrans Haaksbergen in de finale te verslaan. De beste anekdote over Wilson is toch dat hij in zijn NBA-periode als speler van de New Jersey Nets - vermoedelijk in kennelijke staat - in een sportbar op TV naar een wedstrijd van de Nets (!!!) zat te kijken (Wilson dacht dat het een herhaling was...) en de commentator bij de wedstrijd hoorde zeggen: "En de Nets weten nog steeds niet waar Wilson Washington uithangt..."

Coaching career[edit]

After several years in business, Washington joined the coaching staff at Norfolk State as an assistant coach for the 2011–12 season.[4] In his first season with the Spartans, they went 26-10 won their first NCAA tournament game against Missouri in an upset.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2011-12 ODU men's basketball media guide". Old Dominion athletics. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wilson Washington ODU HOF profile". Old Dominion athletics. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wilson Washington basketball-reference profile". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Carlson, Chris (September 9, 2011). "Ex-ODU standout joins NSU staff to help defense". Virginia-Pilot online. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 

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