The Hanks High boys basketball team – and the rest of El Paso – will get a taste of UTEP’s future when the Knights face South Grand Prairie on Friday night in the Region I-5A semifinals in Forth Worth.
Chris Washburn, the brother of superstar Miners freshman Julian Washburn, leads South Grand Prairie. The younger Washburn has already signed with UTEP.
Chris Washburn is a stud, a three-star recruit ranked in the top 150 in the nation by Rivals (31st nationally at his position) that spurned interest from Texas Tech and Texas A&M. Some say Washburn, a little bit taller at 6-8 and certainly wider at 235, could be as good as his brother.
Comparisons aside, however, — especially since the two play different positions — Washburn stands out on his own. The youngest Washburn is much more of a post player and has excellent footwork and instincts. He’s a little raw, a late bloomer who reportedly shed 50 pounds in high school to get in better shape and take advantage of his athleticism.
It should be interesting to see how Hanks handles Washburn, and, perhaps, how El Paso fans react. Will they cheer? Be impressed?
Julian Washburn said he plans to try to attend the game. UTEP will be in the Dallas to play SMU on Saturday.