Jason Washburn: A red shirt does a big body good

Posted: November 14, 2009 by Jared Field in College

Jason Washburn

Former Battle Creek Central big man Jason Washburn‘s first game as a Ute may come as a surprise to some who watched him in high school: 20 points and seven rebounds in a loss to Idaho.

Washburn, a 7-footer, had a redshirt year to get prepared for big conference college basketball and, once again, showed why so many bigs of promise take that first year to develop.

I was never all too impressed with him in high school, though I could appreciate his ability to run the floor and finish. He was very nimble for his size, but raw like so many kids who are still growing into their frame.

Washburn is coached by Jim Boylen, who spent two years as an assistant under Tom Izzo at Michigan State. All he’s done is win 42 games in his first two season in Salt Lake City.

Time will tell if another Michigan big man who took a redshirt season, Jay Thames at Oakland, will show similar signs of develop.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops


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