NEWBERRY - Newberry College head men's basketball coach Dave Davis has announced the signing of NCAA Division I transfer Lamell Washington from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he was a redshirt. Davis had recruited Washington out of high school at Tuscarora HS in Maryland, where he played for head coach Pat Cook. Together they went 22-3 and 20-6, both school records for wins in his junior and senior years.
Washington averaged 15.5 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks per game as a senior, when he was named first team all-conference. Lamell set a school record with five games of 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds. The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder was the eighth-ranked power forward in the state and had one of his best games that season against South Hagerstown when he scored 23 points had 17 rebounds and had nine blocks.
Coach Cook has since moved to South Carolina and led McBee HS to the state tournament third round this season. It is the first time in twenty years a McBee team has advanced. “Lamell had the best team attitude and always put the team first," Cook said. "That is why Tuscarora had the two best years in school history.”
“Lamell has a chance to make a major impact on our program,” said Davis. “He can play anywhere on the floor, he shoot the three-ball well, can drive and post. With three seasons of eligibility here, he could be a major piece in moving us from a good college basketball program to a great one.” Washington joined the Wolves at mid-year and practiced with the team second semester.