Whatever Happened to This Guy??
Darius Washington Jr. (Memphis)
Darius Washington declared for the 2006 NBA draft after his sophomore season. He signed with an agent two days before the draft. Not a smart choice because draft day came and went and his name was not called. Since he had signed with an agent, he lost his college eligibility.
Although leading Memphis to a No. 1 seed and an Elite Eight appearance in the ’06 NCAA Tournament, he’s remembered for missing two clutch free throws in the Conference USA championship game against Louisville. Washington was fouled while shooting a 3 with no time left on the clock. The Tigers were down 2 and needed to win the game to make the tourney. Washington hit the first, but his next two rimmed out. It’s painful to watch but here’s the clip.
Where is he now? He signed with the Spurs in 2007 and was assigned to the D-League where he played for the Austin Toros. In December of 2007, DWJ was called up to the league due to an injury to Mr. Tony Longoria Parker. Washington was waived by the Spurs later that month. He was on the Chicago Bulls roster this past preseason but was waived before the season started. Washington now plays for Ural Great Perm of the Russia-A Super League.
Next Week's Whatever Happened to This Guy?
- Khalid El-Amin (Connecticut)
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