Canisius College junior Harold Washington was named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Second-Team Monday afternoon on the league's annual postseason awards conference call. The All-MAAC teams are chosen based on voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches.
Washington leads the Golden Griffins in scoring with his 16.7 points per game, which ranks fifth in the MAAC and 88th in the nation. A transfer from Cecil College in Maryland, he scored 485 points through 29 regular-season games this season, which stands as the most points for a Canisius player in his first year with the program since Larry Fogle posted 835 points for the Blue and Gold during the 1973-74 campaign. Washington posted double figures in the scoring column 25 times and was good for 20-or more points in a game nine times, highlighted by his career-high 30 points in the team's win at Longwood Nov. 15.
The Brandywine, Md., native is also averaging 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 80.3 percent from the free-throw line. Washington ranks 12th in the MAAC in assists per game with 2.8 per outing and sixth in the league in free-throw shooting percentage. Additionally, Washington ranks 177th in the nation in field goal percentage and 141st in the country in free-throw shooting percentage.
"This is a nice honor for Harold and I couldn't be happier for a guy who brings it each and every day," Canisius head coach Tom Parrotta said. "Even though this is his first season with our program, he's a veteran-type player who works hard and has an understanding of the game. Harold would be the first guy to tell you he would not have received this award without his teammates, and even though he's been one of our top scorers this season, he is a guy who can drive and find the open man and he does the right things on the glass and defensively as well."The Griffs will get back to action Friday, March 2, when the team opens play at the 2012 MAAC Men's Basketball Championship against long-time rival Niagara in the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Tipoff between Canisius and Niagara is set for 9:30 p.m. The game will not be broadcast on television or online. Jay Moran and Mike Scott will call the game live on the Golden Griffin Broadcast Network, with the M&T Bank Pregame Show set to begin at 9:15 p.m.