Duane Washington Jr. Scores Combined 31 Points In Two G League Elite Camp Games

By Colin Hass-Hill on June 21, 2021 at 7:11 pm
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The man never lacks confidence.

Duane Washington Jr. walked into the G League Elite Camp and put together a pair of quality offensive showings against fellow NBA draft hopefuls, scoring a combined 31 points across two games – both of which were streamed on Twitch.

The Ohio State guard – despite a shaky first half, which included an air-balled 3 and losing his defensive assignment on a cut – put up 13 points in Sunday's game, hitting 5-of-12 shots while going 2-for-8 from 3-point range and 1-for-3 from the foul line. Playing on a team that included Michigan-bound Devante Jones and former Wolverine Chaundee Brown, he added two assists, two rebounds, one steal and three turnovers with a game-best plus-minus of +20. 

His squad secured an 80-74 victory against a team that included fellow Ohio State draft prospect E.J. Liddell, who had five points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers.


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The next day Washington upped his output once more, dropping 18 points.

He went 7-for-13 from the field, including 2-for-7 from 3 and 2-for-4 from the free-throw line. Again, he had a game-best plus-minus of +7, adding two steals, one assist and one turnover in a four-point victory.

Washington's pair of performances, especially his shot-making, caught the eyes of some evaluators and draft experts watching his games. ESPN's Jonathan Givony tweeted that Washington "showed his shot-making and bucket-getting prowess en route to 18 points" on Monday.

Washington, up to this point, has yet to finalize his decision about whether he's staying in the NBA draft pool or going pro. His Ohio State teammate, Liddell, is in the same spot. Both of them must make final decisions by July 7.

The drawn-out waiting game continues – both for those two players and the Buckeyes. Washington and Liddell are hoping to have shown enough to earn invitations to the NBA Draft Combine, which also began on Monday. Several players at the G League event will be brought in for another few days of workouts in front of scouts.

Whether Washington or Liddell get the opportunity to stay in Chicago for the NBA's combine should be known shortly. 

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