Washington aims to lose weight, gain interest
Junior Jordan Washington says the keys to getting offers will be getting in better shape
Jordan Washington of Pathways College Prep (New York, N.Y.) is a bruising 6-8 junior power forward. His ability to bully opponents in the post has drawn interest from Villanova, Arizona, Arkansas, Notre Dame and others.
"I like those schools because they have been concerned about my school work, my conditioning," Washington said.
His conditioning, he believes, is the same thing that is holding those and other schools back from actually offering scholarships.
"I heard that from a lot of coaches," Washington said. "College coaches tell me I need to lose weight, my New Heights coaches tell me I need to lose weight."
Washington clocks in at 240 pounds, and regularly uses his strength to finish at the rim and rebound in the paint. He was also one of the key reasons why his travel team squad finished among the top-10 in the final Five-Star Top 25.
While he doesn't want to lose the strength that made him successful, he does want to shed some pounds.
"I'm trying to get down to 215 pounds, I'm at 240 right now," Washington said. "It would help me get off my feet, just help me get up and down the court better."
With a developing handle and mid-range jumper, the Pathways junior envisions playing anywhere from the small forward to center in college. His ability to play on the perimeter and convert interest into offers will be a reflection of how hard he works from here on out.
"I'm getting in the gym. Jumping rope, eating what I have to eat ... no junk food," Washington said. "I'm just trying to get in the gym, putting in work, trying to lose this weight. Gotta get this stomach off of me."