Aug. 2, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Monday afternoon, University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer officially announced that Leonard Washington had signed a scholarship offer and will transfer to UW from the University of Southern California.
Washington comes to Wyoming after a two-year career at USC. He will have to sit out of competition during the 2010-11 season in order to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but will use a redshirt year and thus be eligible as a junior for the 2011-12 season.
"Leonard is a big, physical player who can score both inside and outside, and is very tough on the glass", UW head coach Heath Schroyer said. "The biggest thing Leonard will bring to our team is a toughness that will resonate through everyone. He was a top-national recruit out of high school and has played at a very high level.
"While Leonard must sit out this year, he will still have an impact on our program, especially in practice. After sitting out, learning our system and maturing this year, I believe he has a chance to be a major impact player in the Mountain West Conference.
"With the addition of Leonard, we will have 11 sophomores and juniors on our team this year. This addition really solidifies our roster for the next few years."
Following is a look at Washington:
Leonard Washington, 6-7, 230, Forward, Lake Charles, La. (USC)
Washington played for the USC Trojans during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. During his freshman season of 2008-09, the Trojans made a late-season run and won the Pac-10 Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. They defeated Boston College, 69-55, in the first round but fell to Michigan State, 74-69, in the second round. In that loss to Michigan State, Washington started the game, scored 10 points and had seven rebounds. Washington played in 30 games and started 13 as a freshman. He played his best basketball of the season during the first 10 games, before a sprained left ankle on Dec. 22 forced him to miss five games. Prior to the injury, Washington was averaging 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. Following the injury, his averages fell to 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 17 points against North Dakota State on Dec. 20 and had a season-high 12 rebounds vs. Chattanooga on Nov. 21. USC finished 22-13 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-10 in 2008-09.
As a sophomore in 2009-10, Washington played in 20 games and averaged 6.2 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. He scored a season-high 11 points at Oregon State on Jan. 28 and posted a season-high eight rebounds three times. The Trojans finished 16-14 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-10.
Washington, a native of Lake Charles, La., attended Mt. Washington Marion High School. During his senior season he averaged 22.0 points and 13.0 rebounds a game. He garnered Louisiana All-State honors as both a junior and senior. HoopScoop ranked him as the No. 54 recruit in the nation in the 2007 class. He led his high school to the Louisiana State Final as a senior. His high school coach was Mack Guillory.