Nevada’s Warren Washington trades to Arizona State Men’s Basketball

With the defection of forward Jalen Graham and the departure of graduate forward Kimani Lawrence, Arizona State has been looking for reinforcements in the paint. They landed one as Nevada transfer Warren Washington posted on social media that he was heading to Tempe.

Washington, a 7-foot, 225-pounder, averaged 10.5 points and 6.6 rebounds last season for the Wolf Pack, starting in 20 of 22 games. He had a game-high 20 points and recorded four double-doubles, one of those late in the season against NCAA Tournament qualifier San Diego State.

Another double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds, came against UNLV in the game after Washington returned from a nine-game injury absence.

Washington is the third coach Bobby Hurley to land through the transfer portal. The other two are brothers Desmond and Devan Cambridge. Devan played at Auburn while Desmond was a Washington teammate in Nevada where he averaged 16.2 points.

Washington, a native of Escondido, Calif., started his college career at Oregon State in 2018-19 as a true freshman but saw minimal playing time. He sat out the following season when he transferred to Nevada and played his first season for the Wolf Pack in 2020-21, starting all 26 games and averaging 10 points and 5.9 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game with three double-doubles and a season-best 18 points ahead in Mountain West play against Boise State.

Big men have been a big need for the Sun Devils in recent years and with Graham and Lawrence both gone, the void was even more massive. In addition to Graham and Lawrence, there is uncertainty surrounding 6-8 striker Marcus Bagley who has been injured all last season and has yet to announce his intentions for next season.

ASU lost four players on the transfer portal, but the only notable player was Graham. The other three were all players who wore red shirts as true freshmen.

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