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St. Bonaventure the 11th school to offer scholarship to Canisius H.S. sophomore Howard Washington

By Keith McShea

Howard Washington, the standout sophomore guard for Canisius High, has continued to attract Division I scholarship offers, with the latest coming from down the road in Olean.

St. Bonaventure became the 11th school to offer the 6-2 sophomore guard, Washington confirmed to me via Twitter direct message this afternoon. 

Washington confirmed a Twitter report by @GiveNGobball that he recently received an offer from St. Bonaventure.

Washington told me that St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt offered a scholarship after watching a workout Wednesday. The workout was also attended by the University at Buffalo and Canisius, who have already offered scholarships to Washington. 

Schmidt's son, Olean senior Nick, just completed a standout career with the Huskies with a third-team All-Western New York selection. News small school champion Olean lost, 67-49, at Canisius in December. 

The complete list of schools to offer Washington, in chronological order:

Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College, Boston University, Canisius, UB (prior to 2013-14 high school season -- see News story); Dayton, Charlotte, Siena (as of February -- see News story); Ohio, St. Bonaventure.

Washington will almost assuredly receive more offers through the spring and summer as he plays for the Albany City Rocks. He has been rated the Class of 2016's 50th best prospect in the country by rivals.com while he was previously rated 42nd by scouthoops.com.

A standout summer a year ago led to the six offers prior to the beginning of the 2013-14 high school basketball season. Washington's combination of size and excellent point guard skills made him very attractive to major Division I schools despite his lack of playing time as a freshman for a senior-laden Canisius team.  

Washington was an All-Western New York second-team selection this past season after averaging 15 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds for the 23-3 Crusaders, who spent the entire regular season as the No. 1 large school in The News large school poll before finishing second to Jamestown.

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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