Darius Washington Jr.

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Darius Washington Jr.
free agent
PositionPoint guard / shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1985-12-06) December 6, 1985 (age 33)
Winter Park, Florida
NationalityAmerican / Macedonian
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolEdgewater (Orlando, Florida)
CollegeMemphis (2004–2006)
NBA draft2006 / Undrafted
Playing career2006–present
Career history
2006PAOK Thessaloníki
2006–2007ČEZ Nymburk
2007Austin Toros
2007San Antonio Spurs
2007–2008Aris Thessaloniki
2008–2009Ural Great Perm
2010–2011Lottomatica Roma
2011Piratas de Quebradillas
2011–2012Türk Telekom
2012Piratas de Quebradillas
2012–2013Hapoel Eilat
2013Le Mans Sarthe
2013–2014Olin Edirne
2014–2015ČEZ Nymburk
2016Sakarya Isik Koleji
2016Henan Roaring Elephants
2018Iraklis Thessaloniki
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Darius Myron Washington Jr. (born December 6, 1985) is an American-Macedonian professional basketball player who last played for Rabotnički of the Macedonian First League.

He is a combo guard and played college basketball with the University of Memphis. He has also played with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and the NBA D-League's Austin Toros in 2007.

Amateur career[edit]

An AAU national champion at age 10,[citation needed] Washington attended Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida.[2] In his senior year, he played in an ESPN High School Showcase game against future NBA player Sebastian Telfair.[citation needed]

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.[3]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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,[4] 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 July 2009, he signed a contract with Galatasaray Cafe Crown.[5]

In April 2010, he signed with Lottomatica Roma until the end of the season.

In 2011, he joined the Piratas de Quebradillas.[6]

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.[7] In July 2013, he joined Olin Edirne Basket in Turkey.[8]

On June 23, 2014, he signed with his former team ČEZ Nymburk for the 2014–15 season.[9]

On January 16, 2018, he returned to Greece and joined Iraklis Thessaloniki of the Greek A2 Basket League.[10]

On April 5, 2019, he signed with Macedonian basketball club Rabotnički.[11]

The Basketball Tournament (TBT)[edit]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

  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
 Bold  Career high

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.


Regular season[edit]

2007–08 San Antonio 18 0 8.1 .438 .333 .538 1.1 .8 .3 .0 2.9
Career 22 0 8.1 .438 .333 .538 1.1 .8 .3 .0 2.9


2007–08 Aris 9 2 22.6 .412 .400 .789 2.8 3.1 1.3 .3 10.2 11.8
2010-11 Roma 16 13 26.5 .507 .300 .849 3.0 1.9 1.1 .0 13.0 12.3
Career 25 15 25.1 .477 .333 .824 2.9 2.4 1.2 .1 12.0 12.0


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.[12] 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.[13] 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[edit]

Washington was granted Macedonian citizenship[when?][by whom?],[14] and he joined the Macedonian national basketball team.[15]

In popular culture[edit]

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.[16]


  1. ^ "2003-2004 Winners". Florida Dairy Farmers. Retrieved July 20, 2019 – via floridamilk.com.
  2. ^ "For Darius Washington Jr, game winner against Memphis alumni was poetic justice". The Basketball Tournament. Retrieved June 17, 2019 – via thetournament.com.
  3. ^ Well-traveled Washington motors on
  4. ^ ESPN.com - Dick Vitale - Vitale's 2006 All-Undrafted Underclassmen team
  5. ^ Darius Washington Galatasaray Cafe Crown'da
  6. ^ Nuevo Pirata
  7. ^ Darius Washington to Le Mans
  8. ^ Darius Washington (ex Le Mans) is a newcomer at Olin Edirne
  9. ^ CEZ Nymburk announces Darius Washington
  10. ^ Iraklis ink Darius Washington
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ Spurs assign Darius Washington to D-League
  13. ^ Spurs waive Darius Washington
  14. ^ Darius Washington basketball profile Nationality: FYR Macedonia-USA.
  15. ^ Eurobasket2009.org Archived 2009-09-01 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Trey Anastasio, 10/31/13
a.   ^ Macedonian spelling: Дариус Вашингтон, Darius Vašington. He was born as Darius Washington Jr..

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