Lucas: Washington has simple goals

By Adam Lucas

For many college basketball students, this is a sharp adjustment to the amount of extra attention to detail required to be a Division I basketball player. Being productive in the weight room, focusing on nutrition and hydration, monitoring sleep… all the details that aren’t necessarily important in high school.

This was not the case for Galen Washington, who involuntarily lived a strict life away from the field for most of his last football career. Washington, a 6-foot-10 freshman from Gary, Indiana, missed his sophomore and first year in high school due to an injury. This means he has become intimately familiar with all the nuances required to return to peak physical condition, a goal “we are close to,” he said this week.

After committing to Carolina, Washington was able to get advice from the athletic trainer Doug Halverson Strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian While he was going through rehab. He arrived on campus this summer with a healthy respect for the anonymous duo.

“They are two of the most valuable people in this program,” Washington said. “You can’t play basketball without taking care of your body. Jonas helped me build my body and Doug helped me fix and help me become more aware of what might be wrong and what I need to take care of. I wouldn’t be able to play and be in the best shape possible without these players” .

Seeing Washington in the best shape possible is something Carolina fans have been expecting since the day he committed it. With its size and athletic performance, it can provide some welcome depth Armando Bacot And the Nance’s house. But it’s more than just a big body.

Hubert Davis He has praised Washington’s resonant touch, most recently on Carolina Insider Podcast advance this month. It’s a skill that the new student has honed for several years.

“My high school coach helped me with that,” he said. “When I was younger, the high school coach wanted to make sure I worked every day. If I didn’t have any other skills, he wanted me to be able to shoot, because you can always play if you can shoot.”

If his outdoor game was caught in high school, his desire to get inside came from the fairway in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. This is where Galen and his older brother, Jimmy, used to engage in fierce one-on-one games. Galen still remembers, “That driveway was of gravel,” and he wasn’t very forgiving when one of the brothers hit the ground, and that was a frequent occurrence.

“We walked this whole journey together,” Galen says of Jamie, who plays for IU-Northwest. “He has been with me from the start. We were always competing in the backyard and a lot of times it would end up turning into a pay match. He was always there for me and always pushed me to be better.”

The question remains, though: What exactly will the Carolinas get when they have a healthy Washington?

“I’m very stretchy,” he says. “I can line up on the ground with my ability to shoot. I’m tall, and I can put it on the ground a little bit. I can attack and knockout. I’m a selfless player who likes to involve my teammates. On the defensive end, I like to use my length to disrupt passing lanes and change And challenging shots. I struggle and love to compete. I try to be honest and I love to win.”

About that latest statement – in what is likely to be one of Davis’ favorite parts of his latest stepson, Washington had very little response when asked about the team’s goals for the year. This is simple, but very clear.

“I want to win everything,” he said.

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