Charlotte, N.C. - Charlotte 49ers coach Mark Price announces the signing of Trinity Valley Community College standout JC Washington, a 6-foot-7 forward from Houston, Texas, to a National Letter of Intent. Washington will have two years of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play immediately.
“We are excited to add JC Washington to the 49ers basketball family,” Price said. “JC, who played on the number one junior college team in the country, is a winner that is used to winning. He is a very physical inside player. He gives us another rebounder and physical presence inside that we were lacking at times last season. We are excited to add JC as another great piece to what we are trying to build here at Charlotte.”
This past season, Washington averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game at Trinity Valley Community College on his way to second team all-region honors. He also played a pivotal role in leading Trinity Valley Community College to a 33-2 record and helped the team earn a number one seed in the NJCAA tournament. Washington tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds in an 86-51 victory to lead the Cardinals to the semifinals with an Elite Eight victory over North Dakota State College of Science. The Houston native appeared in 34 games on the year and shot 41.4 percent from behind the arc.
“JC is a terrific young man and a wonderful basketball player,” said Trinity Valley head coach Kris Baumann. “JC will be a great fit for the 49ers. He is a tough kid with a high basketball IQ. He is a good shooter who played a big part in the success of our team this past season.”
Washington played his freshman season at the University of Houston where he appeared in 27 games and registered four starts for the Cougars. Washington scored six points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in his first-ever collegiate game against Murray State. He also scored a season-high eight points in three separate games with Houston, including back-to-back road games at UCF and South Florida where he scored eight points in consecutive outings.
Washington enjoyed an impressive prep career and appeared in three straight state championship games at Yates High School in Houston, Texas. He was named to Houston Chronicle’s All-Greater Houston first-team and was ranked a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Rivals.com, and ESPN coming out of high school. His stellar play led to him being named the 2014 District 23-3A Most Valuable Player as senior. As a senior, he averaged 19.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in the state tournament. Washington opened his senior season at Yates with 26 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocks against Prime Prep.
“I really liked the environment around Charlotte basketball,” Washington said. “I felt like Coach Price, the coaching staff and the players are a family and that is what I was looking for.”
Washington joins six-foot-seven forward Najee Garvin and six-foot-three guard Quentin Jackson in the 49ers 2016 recruiting class. Other newcomers are six-foot-seven guard Hudson Price and seven-foot-one Swedish center Lukas Bergang, who are both eligible after redshirting last season. Six-foot-six guard Austin Ajukwa, a Clemson transfer, will be eligible after the fall semester.
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