Duane Washington Jr. scores 31 combined points in two top G League games
Man never lacks confidence.
Duane Washington Jr. entered the elite G League camp and put in a pair of quality offensive performances against other NBA Draft prospects, scoring a total of 31 points in two games – both broadcast on Twitch.
The Ohio State guard – despite an unstable first half that included a 3 in ball and losing his defensive mission on a cut – scored 13 points in Sunday’s game, making 5 of 12 shots while going from 2 for 8 to Reach of 3 points and 1 for 3 from the foul line. Playing for a team that included Michigan-linked Devante Jones and former Wolverine Chaundee Brown, he added two assists, two rebounds, one steal and three turnovers with a plus-minus best game of +20.
His team earned an 80-74 victory over a team that included compatriot EJ Liddell, Ohio State draft prospect, who had five points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers.
The next day, Washington further increased production, losing 18 points.
He went 7 for 13 on the field, including 2 for 7 of 3 and 2 for 4 from the free throw line. Once again, he had a best plus-minus game of +7, adding two steals, an assist and a turnover in a four-point win.
Duane Washington Jr. showed his Level 3 scoring ability very well during the elite G League camp. pic.twitter.com/wyR91edewE
– Poliseli (Ex-Basketball Scouting Brasil) (@BasketScoutBR) June 21, 2021
Washington’s pair of performances, especially his shot, have caught the attention of some evaluators and drafting experts watching his games. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony tweeted that Washington “showed off its shooting and bucket prowess en route to 18 points” on Monday.
Strong performances from AJ Lawson and Duane Washington in the G League Elite Camp opener today. Lawson in particular looks worthy of being promoted to the Main Combine this week.
– John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) June 21, 2021
In terms of flashes throughout the game: Thought Haowen Guo set up 3 creative moves that popped up to score or get FTs
Scotty Pippen Jr.’s start to the 4th quarter was probably the best stretch for one of the leaders.
Duane Washington Jr. made translatable motion photos
– Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) June 20, 2021
A Few More Notes – I think Jalen Wilson was able to show more offensive versatility than expected. Duane Washington’s energy and shooting stood out. Chaundee Brown continues to make a good impression defensively. Carlik Jones once again stood out among the PGs. AJ Lawson has been active.
– Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) June 21, 2021
Backcourt Jose Alvarado / Duane Washington Jr. was the funniest part of this event. Between the shooting and the constant communication, they promised their team two victories. Alvarados’ ball defense is arguably the most translatable skill here.
– Brandon Simberg (@BrandonSimberg) June 21, 2021
Washington, so far, has yet to finalize its decision to stay in the NBA draft pool or go pro. His Ohio State teammate Liddell is in the same spot. The two must make final decisions by July 7.
The endless waiting game continues – for both these two players and the Buckeyes. Washington and Liddell are hoping they’ve shown enough to earn invitations to the NBA Draft Combine, which also began on Monday. Several players from the G League event will be brought in for a few extra days of training in front of scouts.
Whether Washington or Liddell have the option of staying in Chicago for the NBA combine should be known shortly.