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Holmes CC guard Marcus Washington signs with ULM

GOODMAN (HolmesAthletics.com) - Surrounded by his teammates today, Holmes Community College guard Marcus Washington of Clinton signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks next season.

ULM plays in the Sun Belt Conference and begins play this season on Saturday at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Through three games, the Clinton High School standout is averaging 14 points per game for the Bulldogs. He is also pulling down nearly seven rebounds per game and has 3.3 assists per game. As a freshman, Washington averaged five points per game for the Bulldogs.

“It takes a lot off my mind,” Washington said of the signing. “During the games now I don't have to worry about scoring and rebounding just so I can get a scholarship to a Division I school. Right now I can play my game and make sure everybody is involved. I want to make sure my team gets to the playoffs.”

Washington said the camaraderie of the Warhawks and available playing time in 2015-16 is what made his decision easy. “When I went there they were always around each other. Their coach always hangs out with them. Everything they do, they do together. They told me I shoot the ball well, get people open, play defense and rebound. They have a player leaving that I will be filling a spot for.”

He said he worked hard in the offseason on his cardio and even did some Pilates to better his game. “I wanted to do this so I could come back and do a little more for the team. It was something I had to do for myself. I knew I could score, but I wanted to show everybody I could score. In high school, I shot a lot. I was everywhere and shot a lot of jump shots.”

Holmes Head Coach Jason Flanigan said he's proud Washington had the chance to move to a Division I school. “I signed early myself, and I wanted to get it over with,” Flanigan said. “It takes a lot of pressure off a young man. They can concentrate on academics and get better as a basketball player. He doesn't have to worry about who is in the stands. All he has to do is play and give it up for the team.

“I'm very proud of Marcus and happy for his family,” he added. “He's a great young man. His family trusted us with his future, and he came over here and worked his tail off. I'm glad he could go ahead and get it out of the way.”

Flanigan is proud of how Washington has played so far in the early season. “Marcus is coming along,” Flanigan said. “We butted heads a few times last year, but he's listening more and taking to coaching. He's been playing well for us right now and needs to continue to do so for us to be successful this year.”

Of his conditioning, Flanigan said Washington took it upon himself to make his game better. “He's our most athletic player,” Flanigan said. “He's a guy who could play football and is a freak of nature. He has a 40 inch vertical and could jump out of the gym. He works hard in the weight room and probably benches the most on our team and loves training his body.”

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