On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Upper Moreland senior Damian Washington was recognized for committing to continue his basketball career at Delaware Valley University. To view photos of the event, please visit the Photo Gallery at the following link: http://photos.suburbanonesports.com/g/050917_signings_-_mjs
Damian Washington – Delaware Valley University (Basketball)
Major: Criminal Justice or Business
Final list of colleges: Delaware Valley University, Gwynedd Mercy, Arcadia, Eastern
Reasons for choosing Delaware Valley University: “I just felt Del Val was the right fit. I like the coaching staff and the players – they’re nice people.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in basketball at the collegiate level? “When I was younger, I was on the heavier side, I was real big, and I played center. I was the slowest kid on the court, I didn’t really score that much, but I always wanted to play basketball. It was just a fun thing for me to do.
“In about ninth grade, I had a growth spurt. I just kept growing, my body got slimmer, and I got quicker. I was like ‘I could really do this in college. I just have to put the work in.’ That’s how I developed a jump shot. Junior year I beat the three-point record in my school.”
Coach Matt Heiland: “Damian had a very successful junior year, and I think that really gave him confidence and the belief that he could go on and play at the next level. He had the rare trifecta – he had size, he had skill, and he had the desire to get better. He had those three traits, which were tremendous. From the time his junior season ended until his senior season began, he worked tirelessly in the weight room in the gym to work on different ways to get better.
“This season he had another very good season. He’s a kid who – when he puts his mind to it – can do very special things. As a junior, he had 59 threes in our 22 games, and last year he had 45 threes on the season, so had had the ability to shoot with range. He was able to use his size to get rebounds and start fast breaks for us. He was able to go inside or outside depending on how teams matched up against him. His game continued to evolve. He was never satisfied with where his game was – he just wanted to get better. I think he will be successful at Del Val. He’s working out, he’s taking summer classes so he can get ahead of the curve and make sure he’s getting it done in the classroom, and when baseball season rolls around, he’ll be ready to go.”
Favorite food: Buffalo Wings
Favorite movie: He Got Game
Favorite music: Hip Hop/Rap