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Lamar Washington Pushes Back at Report He’s Entering Transfer Portal

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A report surfaced Wednesday that Texas Tech guard Lamar Washington was planning to enter the transfer portal. However, he quickly pushed back at that notion and stressed his commitment to Grant McCasland and the Red Raiders’ program moving forward.

“FALSE NEWS, I have not entered my name in the POR[T]AL!!! FALSE NEWS!!!!” he stated emphatically.

 

This is all after a crazy ending to the 2022-23 season in Lubbock and one in which he played in all 32 games and started three of them while averaging 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game as a freshman. That included a career-high 13 points and five swipes in a 71-63 win over then-13th-ranked Kansas State on Feb. 11.

Washington shot 44% from the field. He finished third on the team in total assists (57) and total steals (29)

Previously, he averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 assists and 5.7 rebounds per contest as a senior at Arizona Compass Prep. Out of Portland, Ore., Washington also put together an electric junior preps season of 31.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game at Jefferson High School en route to earning 2021 Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year.

So, the Red Raiders certainly want to keep him within their program. And that’s especially the case considering the craziness we alluded to.

McCasland took over duties as head coach after Mark Adams stepped aside and ultimately resigned from his post at the end of last season.

“My lifelong goal was to help and be a positive influence on my players, and to be a part of the Texas Tech men’s basketball team,” Adams said. “However, both the University and I believe this incident has become a distraction for the Texas Tech men’s basketball team and the University, which I care about so deeply.”

 

It appears Washington, indeed, will be in the fold moving forward. So he’ll try to help Texas Tech improve upon a disappointing season in which it finished only 16-15 overall and 5-13 in Big 12 action.

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