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18 minutes ago, Class of '66 Old Fart said:

From Mike Schumann at The Daily Hoosier - we offered this week.   6'8" from Gary West Side HS.  Another one to watch next December at the Forum Tip Off Classic.

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I keep hearing that this kid is the most talented kid in the state including the 2019 kids. 

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Gary West Side was also a participant in the Kevin Brown Memorial Tournment taking on Chicago powerhouse Morgan Park.  Morgan Park won 73-54.  Haven't been able to find any detailed stats for Washington, but his teammate Quimari Peterson ('21 PG) a name you may want to keep in mind had 18 pts., 4 stls. and 3 assts.  

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Have we ever got a player from Gary Westside? I can’t recall any but Purdue used to own the area before MichSt now does. Big Dog went there I believe. This kids a talent would love to see Archie outbid everyone else and you know UK will come calling with cash at the 11th hour.

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When was the last time any player from Gary, East Chicago, or Hammond came to play at IU?  Dan Dakich was born in Gary but went to high school in Merrillville. Rich Valavicius who was a member of the 1976 undefeated team before transferring to Auburn starred at Hammond High. Bootsie White, an All State guard was from Hammond and came to IU with George McGinnis and Steve Downing.  Other than those three, I'm not aware of any players from that part of the state who have played at IU.

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GARY — Jalen Washington will miss his sophomore season with a knee injury, West Side coach Chris Buggs confirmed.

 

The Cougars forward landed awkwardly at practice earlier this week. He was on the bench for West Side’s game with Bowman in the Lakeshore Classic Friday.

 

“He’s really in our spirits. We’re praying for him,” Buggs said. “His spirits are up. He’s doing OK, surprisingly. He’s very strong mentally. He’s already started rehab.”

 

 

Washington is ranked in the top 20 in the Class of 2022 nationally by all the major recruiting websites. He was expected to be among the state’s most productive players this season.

 

He wasn’t available for comment Friday.

 

“We feel good about our group, feel good about guys stepping up. But it’s going to take us some time to adjust,” Buggs said. “They understand that it’s time to step up. We use the mantra ‘strength in numbers,’ so we can be ready for a situation when we’re a man short.”

 

 

 

It’s the second major injury in as many years for Washington, who missed almost all of his freshman campaign with a broken shoulder suffered in the first game last season.

 

 

EDIT- This is the only link I’ve found for this, so I apologize if I’m incorrect

 

 

https://www.nwitimes.com/sports/high-school/boys-basketball/west-side-s-washington-suffers-season-ending-knee-injury/article_3c4bf568-98af-5dce-9f29-ca154e5590c5.html

 

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Unfortunately you're not incorrect mamasa.   

 

247Sports-

National top-10 class of 2022 prospect Jalen Washington of Gary West is out for the season with a knee injury.

“Jalen is out for the year. He has an ACL injury,” Gary West coach Chris Buggs tells Peegs.com. “He’s had surgery. He’s started rehab. The team is really bonding together to support him.”

A 6-foot-9 forward, Washington is the No. 7-ranked prospect nationally in the 2022 class by 247Sports.

“He’s a tough kid. He’s working his butt off in rehab already. He has a good family, good people around him. We’re confident he’ll make a full recovery.

“His spirits are up. We’re going to keep supporting him, keep him in our prayers.”

Washington missed most of his freshman season with a shoulder injury.

He was very good with Meanstreets during the AAU summer period and also with his Gary West high school team in June.

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