ATLANTA - Curtis Washington, a 6-10, 245-pound forward from the University of Southern Cal, has transferred to Georgia State to play for the Panthers as announced by head coach Ron Hunter on Thursday.
Washington, who spent the past two seasons at USC, is originally from Elizabethtown, Ky., where he played at Elizabethtown High School. He redshirted this past season after having surgery last August to repair a torn left labrum.
During his freshman year, Washington played in three games for a total of 11 minutes. He appeared in his first game as a Trojan against New Mexico State, collecting his first collegiate rebound. He played four minutes against Cal State Fullerton and four minutes against Stanford later in the season.
"I am very excited to be able to add a player of Curtis' talent to our squad," commented Hunter. "He adds depth to our low post presence and fits the style of basketball that we like to play. Curtis was an immediate fit when talking with our players. I look forward to working with him as soon as he gets on campus."
Washington averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a junior in high school, but really developed between his junior and senior seasons. He was named the MVP of the Rick Bolus Blue Chip Camp and was ranked the No. 1 prospect in the state of Kentucky according to the Rick Bolus Scouting Report.
He missed several games during his senior season due to a right ankle injury at Elizabethtown HS, but still averaged 8.0 points and 7.6 assists in eight games.
This is Georgia State's third signing during the late period and seventh overall for the 2012-13 season. Below is a list of the early and late signees for the Panthers:
Denison Burguillos 6-9 235 F Valencia, Venezuela Casper (Wyo.) College
R.J. Hunter 6-6 175 G Indianapolis, Ind. Pike HS
David Travers 6-1 165 G Carlsbad, Calif. La Costa Canyon HS
T.J. Shipes 6-8 220 F Buford, Ga. Buford HS
LaRon Smith 6-8 210 F Palm Bay, Fla. Heritage HS
Cameron Solomon 6-4 175 G Hampton, Ga. Brevard CC/Lovejoy HS