Duane Washington Jr is an elite student-athlete in the class of 2018 currently attending Grand Rapids Christian High School in Grand Rapids, MI. Duane isn’t yet on the national radar but is making waves across Michigan with his sensational summer play. The 6’2 point guard is a savvy player with the skill set to knock down perimeter shots off the catch or off the bounce, create easy looks for his teammates, control pace and tempo, and score in flurries. Just starting his recruitment process, Duane Washington Jr is sure to accrue an extensive offer sheet with continued quality play during the summer period.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Spring so far, you’ve turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for Michigan Basketball Academy as a team and for you individually?
DW: Our spring went really well, we are a new team. Next year. we plan to take the team to any of the circuits. We won 4 tournaments out of 9 in April and May.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
DW: I’m a bigger guard. 6′3 with long arms and wide shoulders. I love to shoot it, like Steph Curry, and I can do it really well. I developed my point guard skills these last few years, specifically passing, finishing above and around the rim, and most importantly ball handling. My athleticism has grown tremendously over these past months. I post up when needed because it is easy for me to shoot against smaller guards.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
DW: I workout everyday, including lifting 4 times a week. Defense is an area that always needs improvement and being more efficient is something else as well.
HMs must see MBA 17Us Dylan Alderson (Clarkston) 16Us Duane Washington (GR Christian) in July, were best players in their class today at MSU
— Steve Bell (@BankHoops) June 18, 2016
16u MBA PG Duane Washington (GR Christian 2018) stroking it from deep out here against MI's other top soph guards. @M_B_A_Bball
— Prep Hoops Michigan (@PrepHoopsMI) April 9, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
DW: Math, by far. I love the feeling of getting a math problem right.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
DW: In college, I want to major in Marketing/Business.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
DW: Love golfing, hanging out with my family and friends, and eating. I love eating. Also, I like playing NBA 2k like everybody else.
— Jason Hutton (@jhutt5) January 13, 2016
— West Side Report (@westsidereport1) March 2, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
DW: No D1 offers, as we speak.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
DW: Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Marquette, Akron, Northern Illinois, Kent State, Central Michigan, Youngstown St.
EM: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?
DW: Michigan, Marquette, MSU and Akron.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
DW: Akron yesterday, Michigan in August for their elite camp.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
DW: Obviously, the school needs to have a good academic situation and it’s needs to feel like my second home. My parents would love to attend my college games, but they said wherever and whatever college fits me best they’ll be OK with me going to.
Watching 2018 6'1 Duane Washington Jr Grand Rapids Christian shooting the lights out at Cross Roads camp. D-1 shooter
— Lorenzo Smith (@hoop4u) June 26, 2015
In West Michigan no more hoops IQ at the pg spot than tonight with Godwin junior Christian Rodriguez and GR Christian soph Duane Washington.
— Steve Bell (@BankHoops) March 1, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
DW: Off the court, get my GPA to at least a 3.3. On the court; all state, top 5 state rating, national ranking, and I want to get some offers.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
DW: When I was younger, there was no way I could see myself being how I am today and how far I’ve gotten. I’m still not there, but it’s way farther than people have said. I would tell them to fight through adversity and be the best YOU you can be because everyone’s path is different.
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