Darius Washington Jr.
|Position||Point guard / shooting guard|
|Born||December 6, 1985|
Winter Park, Florida
|Nationality||American / Macedonian|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Edgewater (Orlando, Florida)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Undrafted|
|2007||San Antonio Spurs|
|2008–2009||Ural Great Perm|
|2011||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|2012||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|2013||Le Mans Sarthe|
|2016||Sakarya Isik Koleji|
|2016||Henan Roaring Elephants|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
An AAU national champion at age 10, Washington attended Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida. In his senior year, he played in an ESPN High School Showcase game against future NBA player Sebastian Telfair.
He went to University of Memphis, where he earned Conference USA Rookie of the Year and freshman All-American honors on averages of 15.4 points per game and a team-best 3.8 assists. In the final seconds of the 2005 Conference-USA tournament, Washington was given three free throws to overcome a two-point lead by the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Although Washington was a 72-percent shooter, he missed two of the three foul shots.
In his sophomore season at the University of Memphis, Washington helped lead the #1-seeded Tigers to an Elite Eight appearance in the 2006 NCAA tournament, losing to eventual runner-up UCLA. He was named to the All-Conference USA first team and earned an honorable mention as an All-American by the Associated Press.
On April 25, 2006, Washington declared himself as an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. Confident he would be drafted, he signed with a sports agent on June 26, two days before the draft, losing his eligibility to play in college. With analysts being skeptical on his reliability to play point guard, he was not drafted. Although analyst Dick Vitale and others believed Washington had a shot to make an NBA roster as a free agent, he failed to do so after trying out with several teams during training camp.
He was later drafted by the Austin Toros of the D-League, but he instead chose to sign with PAOK Thessaloniki of the Greek League. In 2007, he led the ČEZ Nymburk team to the Czech Republic League title after leaving PAOK. He played in the ULEB Cup competition during the year with both clubs.
In January 2008, Washington signed a 2-year contract with the Euroleague club Aris Thessaloniki, a team that competes in the Greek League. He was released by Aris after one season. At the end of October 2008, he signed a contract with the Russian Super League club Ural Great Perm.
In April 2010, he signed with Lottomatica Roma until the end of the season.
In the summer of 2011, he signed a contract with Türk Telekom.
In January 2013, he joined Israeli side Hapoel Eilat, but only played 6 games with the team, averaging 11ppg and 1.3apg. Though highly praised in Eilat, his contract was bought out and in February, he moved to French side Le Mans. In July 2013, he joined Olin Edirne Basket in Turkey.
On June 23, 2014, he signed with his former team ČEZ Nymburk for the 2014–15 season.
The Basketball Tournament (TBT)
In the summer of 2018, Washington competed in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN for Team DRC. In three games, he averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. His team was eliminated in Super 16 Round by Ram Nation.
In the summer of 2019, he also competed in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN. In two games for Bluff City, he averages 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1 steals per game. His team was eliminated in Round 2 of Memphis Regional Tournament by Louisiana United.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
Washington signed with the San Antonio Spurs on October 1, 2007, and was assigned to the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League in late November. He was called up in early December to take Tony Parker's spot on the roster while he healed from an injury; however, Washington was waived by the Spurs on December 28. He appeared in 18 games for the Spurs where he averaged 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.1 minutes.
He played with the Chicago Bulls during the 2008–09 NBA pre-season, but was waived by the team before the start of the regular season.
Macedonian national team
In popular culture
The song "The Line" by Phish was written about the missed free throws at the conclusion of the 2005 C-USA Championship game. The song premiered in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 31, 2013. However, during the performance, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio mistakenly referred to Washington as having played for Michigan State, and the missed free throws as having taken place during the Final Four.
- "2003-2004 Winners". Florida Dairy Farmers. Retrieved July 20, 2019 – via floridamilk.com.
- "For Darius Washington Jr, game winner against Memphis alumni was poetic justice". The Basketball Tournament. Retrieved June 17, 2019 – via thetournament.com.
- Well-traveled Washington motors on
- ESPN.com - Dick Vitale - Vitale's 2006 All-Undrafted Underclassmen team
- Darius Washington Galatasaray Cafe Crown'da
- Nuevo Pirata
- Darius Washington to Le Mans
- Darius Washington (ex Le Mans) is a newcomer at Olin Edirne
- CEZ Nymburk announces Darius Washington
- Iraklis ink Darius Washington
- "Работнички не запира – потпис и со Македонецот Вашингтон" [Rabotnicki does not stop - a signature with the Macedonian Washington]. ekipa.mk (in Macedonian). April 5, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
- Spurs assign Darius Washington to D-League
- Spurs waive Darius Washington
- Darius Washington basketball profile Nationality: FYR Macedonia-USA.
- Eurobasket2009.org Archived 2009-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
- Trey Anastasio, 10/31/13
|a.||^ Macedonian spelling: Дариус Вашингтон, Darius Vašington. He was born as Darius Washington Jr..|