Arkansas point guard Courtney Fortson and power forward Michael Washington weren't very high on the radar screen of NBA teams, but both are now making a move to be included in the June 24 draft to be held in New York's Madison Square Garden. Read what the experts had to say inside.[details]
2007 (Sophomore): He played in all 35 games with nine starts, and averaged 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds with two double-doubles. He made 52-of-126 shots (.413), including 7-of-27 three-pointers (.259), and was 38-of-61 at the line (.623). He was fifth on the team in rebounding and third with 24 blocked shots. Despite playing just over 13 minutes a game, his 62 offensive rebounds were second on the team to the 77 by Townes. In SEC play, he made 72.7 percent of his free throws (16-22).
Washington averaged 5.1 points and 4.1 rebounds at home, and 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds on the road. He averaged 6.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in six games in November, and 6.7 points and 6.3 boards in seven games in December when he played almost 17 minutes a game.
He led the team in scoring twice (Missouri State and Oklahoma) and in rebounding four times (ORU, Missouri State, Oklahoma, at Tennessee). He was in double figures scoring twice and in rebounding three times.
In the opener against Wofford (11/9), he had six points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 13 minutes. He had six points, four rebounds and two assists against the College of Charleston in San Juan (11/15). Against VCU (11/18), he had six points and six rebounds.
Washington had nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals against Delaware State (11/24). He fouled out after 12 minutes against Missouri (11/28), but had six points on 3-of-3 shooting and three rebounds. He had seven points and a team-high tying six rebounds in the win over Oral Roberts (12/1).
He recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Missouri State (12/3), and added five blocked shots. He recorded his second double-double two games later in a start at Oklahoma (12/15). He was 6-of-15 shooting, finishing with a team-high 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
In the SEC opener at Auburn (1/10), he had seven points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. In the win over No. 25 Mississippi State (1/30), he started and had eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots. He started again in the win over No. 20 Florida (2/2), finishing with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting and five rebounds.
At No. 4 Tennessee (2/13), he had seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds. He also had two assists and a blocked shot in just 12 minutes.
In the SEC Tournament against No. 18 Vanderbilt (3/14), he had five rebounds in four minutes.
In the NCAA Tournament second-round loss to No. 1 North Carolina (3/23), he had four points and four rebounds.
In the two exhibition games in Cancun over Labor Day weekend, he averaged 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 64 percent from the floor and 67 percent at the line. He had five points and 12 rebounds in the 60-57 victory over Quintana Roo, and 21 points and four rebounds in the 108-37 victory over Belize Select.
2006 (Freshman): Not able to participate in any pre-season workouts or conditioning drills while awaiting approval from the NCAA clearinghouse, he was behind from the start but made up ground down the stretch.
For the year, he played in 26 games with one start, and averaged 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds. He shot 45.6 percent from the field (36-79) and 60.9 percent from the line (14-23). He made 59.3 percent of his shots in seven games against ranked opponents, and 50 percent in nine games on the road, in five games at neutral sites and in 11 games against NCAA Tournament teams.
In the nine road games, he averaged 3.2 points and 1.2 rebounds while hitting 12-of-24 shots. In five games at neutral sites, the four games in the SEC Tournament and one in the NCAA Tournament, Washington averaged 8.2 points and 2.8 boards while making 18-of-36 shots. He shot 59.3 percent (16-27) while averaging 5.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in seven games against ranked teams. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.3 boards while making 50 percent of his shots (19-38) in 11 games against NCAA Tournament teams.
Washington averaged 2.0 points in November, 1.6 in December and 0.7 in January, but ended the year averaging 2.6 in February and 9.3 in March.
He led the team in scoring and rebounding once each and was in double figures scoring twice.
In his debut against Southeast Missouri (11/10), Washington had four points and three rebounds in eight minutes.
At LSU (2/10), he played 14 minutes off the bench, and was 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-4 at the line to finish with eight points. Washington had four points, a rebound and a blocked shot in 15 minutes at Mississippi State (12/14), but made just 2-of-7 shots.
Washington played 15 minutes against Tennessee (2/24), and had six points, two rebounds and an assist. He scored all of his points at the line, going 6-of-6. In the win over Mississippi State (2/28), he did not score but had four rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. In the win at No. 19 Vanderbilt (3/3), he had 15 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes, hitting 6-of-10 shots, including 2-of-2 threes.
In the SEC Tournament opener against South Carolina (3/8), he was 4-of-7 shooting for nine points, and added three rebounds, an assist, a blocked shot and a steal. In the semifinal against Mississippi State (3/10), he had eight points on 3-of-6 shooting and two rebounds before fouling out in eight minutes. In the SEC Tournament championship game against Florida (3/11), he made 8-of-14 shots, and finished with team highs of 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes.
Personal: Born Oct. 2, 1986, his parents are David Henry and Shalettera Washington. He is majoring in kinesiology.
High School: As a senior at Genesis One Christian School in Mendenhall, Miss., he averaged 31.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and 9.0 blocked shots in earning all-state and all-district honors for Coach Victor Evans. Washington was rated the No. 23 player in the nation and the No. 5 power forward in the nation by Rivals. He was listed as the No. 71 prospect in the country by Scout and No. 106 by Basketball Times.
As a junior, he played at Cleveland Heritage Christian School in Texas where he averaged 28.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 8.0 blocked shots, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals in earning all-state honors. He shot 78 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line in helping his team finish 23-9. He was rated the No. 1 junior in Texas by one recruiting service.
As a sophomore at McGehee, he averaged 26.3 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots in earning all-state honors on a 15-15 team. He averaged 21.6 points and 10.7 rebounds as a freshman.
At the International Sports Invitational in San Diego in summer 2005, he played for the USA Youth Development Festival Blue Team. He averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in four games, helping the USA go 3-1 and win the silver medal. He shot 64.7 percent from the floor (11-17) and 57.9 percent (11-19) at the line.
He signed with the Razorbacks after also considering North Carolina, Illinois, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Oklahoma and Baylor, among others.
He also played football and baseball in high school.