Miles Washington

New Albany slender center Washington shined in Hotbed

NEW ALBANY – Miles Washington was one big big in Saturday’s Hotbed Classic.

New Albany’s 6-foot-7 center blocked a shot on one end and had one of a handful of thunderous dunks on the other. He had 21 points, three blocks and four assists in New Albany’s loss to Lawrence County. The senior shined in a showdown with 6-foot-8 PG KeyShawn Feazell. To shine on the next level, he may have to push more people around with his slender 195-pound frame.

“More than anything he needs to get stronger,” New Albany coach Robert Burdette said. “Miles is very skilled.”

Washington said he wants to go Division I – Austin Peay is showing interest. The state’s junior colleges are also in on him.

“I need to work on defense, shooting and a little more ball handling,” Washington said, “a little more weight and more physical.”

He knows what he needs to do to impress college coaches. His skill set already does.

Getting stronger is the case with most high school players. Unlike most, Washington has size to play inside as one of the state’s top rim protectors. He can also step outside to make midrange shots around the free throw line and baseline.

“And I think he’s long enough and athletic enough to guard some people out on the wing,” Burdette said. “But he’s hard to guard on the post. It’s hard not to throw it to him on the post.”

Burdette says Washington probably doesn’t need to be playing the amount of minutes he is playing. At the same time, he’s the Bulldogs’ go-to.

New Albany can finish 3-2 in third place in Division 2-4A with a win Friday at Ripley. Washington may be seen between games packing in Snickers in the stands.

“I eat a lot,” he said. “It just doesn’t stick.”

Brandon Speck

Sports Writer