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Syracuse men’s basketball 2017-18 player previews: Howard Washington

A highly underrated prospect.

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina State at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Growing up a Syracuse Orange fan, Howard Washington dreamed of one thing: to play for Jim Boeheim in the Carrier Dome — and he’ll fulfill that dream this season as he begins his freshman year with the Orange.

Washington, who the program had first reached out to when he was a freshman in high school playing outside of Buffalo, NY, knew once he was offered a scholarship by the SU staff that he was heading to Central New York for college.

Position: Point Guard

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 180 lbs

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

High School: Canisius/Montverde Academy, Fla./Athlete Institute Prep

Washington began his career at Canisius High School where Mike Hopkins first made contact with his father. The contact was consistent for a majority of the time, and the former SU assistant always made sure the two parties were in good standing just in case the opportunity presented itself for the Orange to get seriously involved. And, as we know now, it did.

Washington then transferred down to Florida to play with Ben Simmons at Montverde Academy, where he spent his sophomore and junior seasons. He moved back north to Canada for his senior season to play with current SU freshman Oshae Brissett at Athlete Institute.

Washington, who tallied up his fair share of triple-doubles at Athlete Institute, is a very good shooter and likes to get involved on the glass, too. His length is ideal for Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone, and his basketball IQ was something that stood out to the Syracuse coaching staff from the first time they laid eyes on him.

As for playing time this season — that’s a question mark. I don’t think there’s any question in regards to whether Washington can help this team — but he’s likely the third point guard at this time.

Frank Howard will likely get the nod from Jim Boeheim to start — how long of a leash he’ll have is unknown. Graduate transfer Geno Thorpe will in all likelihood be the first guard off the bench. Washington will be given a chance to prove himself in the exhibitions, as well as the non-conference schedule. But if he hasn’t raised some eyebrows and turned some heads — his ACC time will be limited.

All in all, Washington will be a very good four-year player for the Orange that could set up for a very, very good career. He has all the tools: scoring, passing, defender, a natural leader and a good kid on and off the floor.

For a late addition to the 2017 recruiting class, the Orange got a good one.