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#00 Michael Washington
Position: F/C
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 239
Year: Senior
Hometown: McGehee, Ark.
High School: Genesis One (Mendenhall, Miss.) Christian School
Experience: 3 Letters
Michael Washington
Courtesy: Phil Pierce, Athletic Media Relations
Release: 10/20/2009

2009-10 Preview:
Arkansas' first conference rebounding champion (9.8) since Derek Hood in 1999, Washington is back for his senior campaign after testing the NBA Draft waters last year. Washington played forward and center last year and could be used in both spots again this year after earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in his first season as a starter.  

The top returning big man on the team, Washington has the chance to emerge this year after spending his first two seasons as a backup to departed seniors Charles Thomas, Vincent Hunter, Darian Townes and Steven Hill. He will be counted on for scoring, rebounding, defense and leadership.

In his first season as a starter, Washington was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the league's coaches, second-team All-District 21 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and All-District VII by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

After averaging 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds as a sophomore, he started all 30 games and led the team with 15.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots. He shot 55.1 percent from the field (178-323) and 60.2 percent at the line (103-171). He led the SEC in rebounding to become Arkansas' first rebounding champion since Derek Hood in 1999 (10.3). He was also ninth in scoring, third in field goal percentage, eighth in blocked shots (1.3), second in offensive rebounding (3.5) and second in defensive rebounding (6.3). He ranked No. 21 nationally in rebounding and No. 38 in field goal percentage.

In SEC play, he averaged 13.6 points, and led the team with 8.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots. He shot a team-best 51.2 percent from the field (87-170) and 58.6 percent at the line (41-70).

He entered the season with 239 points and 180 rebounds for his career. He had 464 points and 294 rebounds in 2009 alone.

Washington had 12 double-doubles, the most for a Razorback since Hood set the school record with 18 in 1999. He also had two 30-point games (30 against Southeastern Louisiana and 34 against North Texas) to become the first Hog with multiple 30-point games since Jannero Pargo had five in 2002. He is the first post player with more than one since Joe Kleine had seven in 1985.

He averaged 18.4 points and 9.9 rebounds, and shot 55.1 percent (59-107) in eight games against NCAA Tournament teams. In 14 games against post-season tournament teams, he averaged 15.8 points and 10.4 rebounds while shooting 53 percent (89-168).

Washington led the team in scoring a team-high 13 times and in rebounding a team-high 21 times. He led in assists twice and had 22 double-figure scoring games. He had a team-best nine 20-point games and was in double figures rebounding a team-high 14 times.

In the opener against Southeastern Louisiana (11/14), he had a then-career and game highs of 30 points, 14 rebounds, 10 shots made, 16 shots attempted and 41 minutes played to earn SEC Player of the Week honors. Down 81-80 in overtime, he scored seven straight to give Arkansas an 87-81 lead with 26 seconds left. He followed with an 11-point, six-rebound, two-steal night in the win over California-Davis (11/20).

He had a double-doubles against Florida A&M, North Carolina Central, Austin Peay and Stephen F. Austin, including three games in row.  Washignton earned MVP honors at the Jim Thorpe Classic to help the Razorbacks to the team title.

In the win over No. 4 Oklahoma (12/30), he had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. and in Arkansas' victory over No. 7 Texas (1/6), he had 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting and nine rebounds with two blocked shots. His dunk and free throw to complete a three-point play gave Arkansas a 65-61 lead with 22 seconds remaining.

He had 15 points and a game-high 18 rebounds against Florida in the SEC Tournament (3/12). He was7-of-14 shooting.

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).

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.

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 finished with a team-high 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

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.

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 led the team in scoring and rebounding once each and was in double figures scoring twice.

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 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. 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.

In 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.

Born Oct. 2, 1986, his parents are David Henry and Shalettera Washington. He is majoring in kinesiology.

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