March 27, 2011

Washington shows athleticism in two sports

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There weren't a whole lot of Ohio State basketball targets on hand at the Ohio High School Final Four this weekend in Columbus. There were, however, a couple of top football targets in the class of 2012 in Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft's Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford. The duo helped to guide the Senators to a Division III state championship over Cleveland Central Catholic on Saturday evening, with Washington being named co-MVP of the finals.

"We came out hard because we knew they were going to come out hard," Washington said. "They won it about two years back so we knew that they knew what it takes to win a State Championship so we just came out and played hard."

Washington hit a pair of three's early in the contest to help Taft build a big early lead en route to a 95-52 win on a day that the Senators would tie or break 8 records. Washington finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.


Obviously football and basketball are two very different sports. Football, for the most part, is a game of instinct and physicality while basketball is more of a skill game. With that being said, watching football prospects on the basketball floor gives you a great idea of just how good of a "run and jump" athlete a kid is.

With Washington, getting a chance to see him up close and without pads, he is clearly a physical specimen and probably the most physically imposing prospect in Ohio. It is to the point now where he may even grow into a defensive tackle, but will at least but a strongside defensive end. Any notions of Washington being able to play linebacker are out the window.

Outside of his physical make-up, the first thing that stood out about Washington was that he had great feet. Having great feet is equally important to a lineman as it is to a post player in basketball and it is easy to see that his basketball background has really helped in this area and is a big reason for his great first step on the football field.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Washington was that he showed some pretty good explosion and quick leaping ability. Once again, explosion is a huge part of being a defensive lineman and Washington really excels in this area, he can get off the ground in a hurry.

Finally, Washington showed great effort out on the floor and that is something that can translate to all sports. Whether it's football, basketball, baseball, or any other sport, a kid either gives great effort or he doesn't and Washington showed that he goes 100-percent all the time. Whether it was gaining position in the post, going after a rebound, or trying to muscle his way to the basket, Washington displayed the type of effort that when combined with his natural strength and athleticism, make him a special talent.


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