By Michael Sudhalter
Waltrip High senior wing Nathan Washington played a key role in leading the Rams to the postseason this winter.
Washington, 17, was a varsity basketball for three seasons, playing under veteran WHS head coach Dan Kelly.
The Rams lost to Fort Bend Marshall, in the opening round of the UIL Class 4A playoffs on Tuesday night in Missouri City.
Washington’s older brother, Milton, was a standout for Waltrip and now plays Division I basketball at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Washington would like to play at the next level as well.
“I’ve learned a lot from Milton,” Washington said. “He always helps me out. we go and play pickup basketball.”
How did you prepare for your senior season?
“I played AAU Basketball this summer for the Franchise All-Stars and worked out on my own.”
What have you learned from Coach Kelly?
“How to be a team leader. He’s helped me with defense and with taking smart shots, good shots.”
What does being a good leader mean to you?
“We have a couple of young players on the team and I try to lead by example, show them what’s right and help them the best way I can.”
Was it a tough decision to stop playing football after your junior year?
“It was pretty tough, but I just decided to focus basketball, because that’s what was best for me.”
What do you plan on studying in college?
“Probably Criminal Justice or Kinesiology.
What is your favorite subject in school?
“English. My favorite book is Percy Jackson.”