Stonewall Jackson senior J.R. Washington scored 61 points Thursday afternoon in a win over Freedom-Woodbridge in the George Long Holiday Hoops Tournament at Wakefield, a performance that resulted in an almost immediate recruiting boost for the 6-foot-3 shooting guard.
“The Twittersphere is nasty,” Raiders Coach Marcus Lawrence joked, having just fielded a call from a piqued Morehead State representative who had learned of the 61-point outing not long after Stonewall’s 99-72 victory.
“It gets out pretty quick,” Lawrence said. “The phone is ringing pretty hectically right now.”
For good reason. According to The Washington Post’s internal box score system, which can access high-point scoring games from the 2003-04 season to present, no area boys’ player had scored more than 57 points in a game in the past nine-plus seasons.
Washington has posted large scoring totals before, including two 36-point games last year. What might have boosted his total Thursday against Freedom (5-4) was the fact that he had to handle the ball more. Starting senior point guard Mustafa Ali was out with the flu and junior backup Greg Stroman got into foul trouble for the Raiders (6-4).
Washington made 10 of 19 shots from three-point range, nine of 15 from two-point range and sank 13 of 16 free throws. He scored 10 points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, 15 in the third and 23 in the fourth.
“I was hot basically the whole game,” said Washington, who entered the day averaging 22.4 points, with a season-high 34 in a loss to No. 15 Theodore Roosevelt in the first round of the Wakefield tournament Wednesday. “My teammates realized that so they kept looking for me and then I just kept scoring. I was just feeling it. So I kept shooting it.”
Washington, who has scheduled an upcoming recruiting visit to Marist, this fall played football for the first time since his freshman year and helped lead the Raiders to a 9-2 record. He caught 50 passes for 837 yards and 11 touchdowns and was chosen second-team all-Northwest Region.
“I think playing football made him a little tougher,” Lawrence said. “It’s not as easy to knock him around now.”
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