Curtis Washington, a 6-10, 245-pound forward from USC, has transferred to Georgia State.
Washington redshirted last year after having surgery last August to repair a torn left labrum.
Washington didn’t play much for the Trojans, totaling 11 minutes his freshman year. He averaged 8 points and 4 rebounds as a junior and 8 points and 7.6 assists his senior year in Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky.
“I am very excited to be able to add a player of Curtis’ talent to our squad,” coach Ron Hunter said in a statement. “He adds depth to our low post presence and fits the style of basketball that we like to play. Curtis was an immediate fit when talking with our players. I look forward to working with him as soon as he gets on campus.”
Washington may have to sit out a year, per NCAA rules. However, he has petitioned to play immediately, citing that he redshirted last year and that he is transferring to be closer to home. There are precedents.
Here are Georgia State’s signees:
G Cameron Solomon 6-4, 175 Hampton, Ga. Brevard CC/Lovejoy HS
G R.J. Hunter 6-6, 175 Indianapolis, Ind. Pike HS
G David Travers 6-1, 165 Carlsbad, Calif. La Costa Canyon HS
F T.J. Shipes 6-8, 220 Buford, Ga. Buford HS
F LaRon Smith 6-8, 210 Palm Bay, Fla. Heritage HS
F Denison Burguillos 6-9, 235 Casper (Wyo.) College
F Curtis Washington, 6-10, 245 USC*
* may have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules
What does Washington’s signing mean?
It’s really too early to tell. He seems to have a history of injuries. He missed time his senior year because of a right ankle injury and suffered the shoulder injury at USC.
On paper, he seems like a good get. Combined with Burguillos and Shipes, Hunter should have plenty of frontcourt depth to back up James Vincent.
Will any of them be able to single-handedly duplicate the defensive stats and performance Eric Buckner (118 blocks, 7.1 rebounds per game) had last season? No.
Can they combine to duplicate the defensive stats and performance Buckner last season? Perhaps.
Hunter has already said if Vincent can continue to improve the Panthers will win 20 games next year. They won 22 last year.
Vincent isn’t the shot-blocker Buckner was, but he may be a better offensive player.
Last season was kind of an offensive and defensive anomaly for Hunter.
The defense the Panthers ran was similar to what he wants to run, but it wasn’t exactly like the defense he wants to run.
The offense the Panthers ran was nowhere close to as efficient or as effective as what Hunter wants to see.
This year’s team will be full of players who can (theoretically) knock down 3-pointers: Devonta White, Rashaad Richardson, Manny Atkins, Hunter, Travers and Solomon. Kimbro hit a few last year, but I think he may fill the James Fields/Josh Micheaux role as a defensive force. Kimbro is extremely quick and might be the fastest jumper I’ve ever seen.
So, here’s my first crack at the starting lineup for next year:
6th man: Burguillos or Washington
Or I can see..
F Burguillos or Washington
6th man: Richardson