Washington to play in USA Junior Nationals All-State Competition
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
May 19, 2007 - The awards and honors keep coming for Sulphur Springs senior basketball player Bradley Washington.
He was recently named to play in the USA Junior Nationals All-State High School Basketball Competition at 10 a.m. May 20 at Pflugerville High School.
The USA Junior Nationals is considered the top amateur high school basketball competition in the United States, according to a letter sent to Washington in March.
"I am going to Austin to play about three or four games with some of the best players in the state of Texas," he said. "I got invited a couple of months ago and it is called the Junior Nationals. I just filled out a form with my stats on the sheet and I guess they accepted you off of that sheet."
This is an entry level to international competition and for high school athletes seeking college basketball scholarship opportunities.
Washington could have a chance to be picked to represent Texas and Oklahoma in the "International Sports Festival 2007" scheduled for July 23-29 in Columbus, Ohio. This is the last competition before the National Tournament.
This honor caps off a great senior campaign for Washington as he was named the boys basketball Most Valuable Player at the All-Sports Banquet Monday, was a First Team All-District selection, Academic All-State by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, led the team in scoring (10.9 points per game) and rebounding (5.6) and was second in 3-pointers with 26 this past season.
When it comes to playing some of the best players in the state, Washington is proud of the accomplishment and hopes to make a name for himself during the games.
"I am going to watch how they play and try to play like them and play as a team," Washington said. "I know most of the All-Star games they try to do too much and I want to stand out by not shooting 30 times in the game."
He has already been accepted to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and said his college plans could change while in Pflugerville.
"It would be even better if I could get a scholarship out of this. I mean I still want to go to Stephen F. Austin, but if I was to get a scholarship off of this then I would go there," he said. "I have orientation on June 10 at SFA and have already been accepted there and if things don't work out with this, then I will go there."
Washington helped guide the Wildcats to a 19-10 record overall under first-year coach Rusty Harden and said receiving this honor was beyond words.
"It was amazing because I really wasn't anything on the team last year," the senior said. "This year, I had to step up and do what I had to do in school and on the court and I did just that."
Washington, the son of Bennie and Jennifer Harris, plans on attending becoming a physical therapist or a coach.
RULES FOR TOURNAMENT: For all games, a five-foul elimination, 20-minute running clock will be in effect and will only stop on all time-outs and the last two minutes of each half on all whistles. ... The defense is a half-court and/or full court man, with the offense being a motion offense. ... If the ball is on the top, the players must pick down. If the ball is on the wing, the players must pick across. ... The teams will have a three minute halftime and every player must play at least half of the game. ... After the 10th team foul, the bonus is in effect. ... The overtime periods will be one minute for the first overtime with a running clock and then the second overtime period will be sudden death.