Washington headed to Ohio for International Sports Festival
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
June 20, 2007 - Sulphur Springs graduating senior Bradley Washington will continue his high school playing days for one more competition when he plays in the International Sports Festival July 23-29 in Columbus, Ohio.
Washington received his acceptance letter the day after graduation to continue on as a member of the USA Junior Nationals Basketball program.
"Competing in the International Sports Festival will be a dream come true for me," Washington said. "We knew going in that if we played great there would be a chance for us to make the international team with a chance to play at the International Sports Festival in Columbus."
Washington played in three games during the USA Junior Nationals All-State High School Basketball Competition in Pflugerville on May 20 and scored 33 points in three games with six rebounds, two blocked shots and eight assists.
He had his best outing of the tournament in his second game as his team lost 76-74 in overtime. Bradley scored 14 points, pulled down four rebounds, had three assists and one blocked shot.
"One of the point guards made a crucial mistake because we were ahead 74-73 and we were going to stall the ball," he said. "He thought that we were behind and turned the ball over and then fouled the guy which made 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game."
In the other two games, Washington's teams lost 49-43 in Game 1 and 94-86 in Game 3 of the tournament. He scored seven points in Game 1 and 12 points in Game 3.
Washington now sets his sites on Columbus against some of the best competition in the United States and Canada for a chance at scholarship opportunities with bigger schools.
The tournament will consist of a pool play tournament followed by a double elimination championship tournament. All of the games use high school regulation rules.
The players had to meet four requirements to be considered members of the USA Junior Nationals team. Players must show a positive attitude, follow a time commitment, be able to pay the mandatory fees and finally the USA Junior Nationals looks at each player's effort and attitude and not just technique and ability to become a member of the team.
Washington has been looking for help to make the trip to Ohio as the players have to pay nearly $600 for mandatory fees with a $350 registration fee, $225 uniform fee and a $15 medical insurance fee for the tournament. The players can also purchase a $85 Junior Nationals Jacket, a $150 meal plan and a transportation and housing fee on an optional basis.
In Pool Play, Texas will play New York and West Virginia in Pool B, with the championship tournament scheduled for July 27 starting at 8 p.m. The championship game and closing ceremonies is set for July 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information and anyone interested in helping Washington with the fees, contact Bennie Harris at 903-439-0672.