NASHVILLE --- Smyrna, Tenn. native Jy’lan Washington is the latest addition to the Tennessee State men’s basketball roster, Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins announced. Washington, who played his first three collegiate seasons at Louisiana Tech, will sit out the 2018-19 season at TSU per NCAA transfer rules before suiting up for the Tigers in 2019-20 in his final year of eligibility.
Washington returns to his home state where he starred for Stewarts Creek High School.
“We are extremely excited to add Jy’lan to the Big Blue family,” Collins said. “He will add a lot of skill, athleticism and experience to our team. I have known Jy’lan since high school and recruited him when I was at ETSU. We are expecting Jy’lan to use this year to sharpen his game and body so that he can continue to help us take this program to the next level.”
Jy’lan Washington | 6-9 | Forward | One Year of Eligibility Remaining | Smyrna, Tenn. | Louisiana Tech
- Played first three collegiate seasons (2015-18) at Louisiana Tech out of Conference USA
- Helped the Bulldogs go 63-36 with two postseason appearances (Vegas 16 in 2016; NIT in 2017)
- Played in 97 games with 17 starts in three seasons, averaging 4.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game to go with a total of 50 blocks and 40 steals
- As a junior in 2017-18, posted 5.9 points and 3.5 boards per game in 33 appearances with 14 starts
- Posted career bests for single-game outputs of points (19 vs. UTEP), rebounds (11 vs. Florida Atlantic) and steals (3 vs. UT Tyler) as a junior
- Helping LA Tech reach the NIT as a sophomore, put up 3.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 2016-17
- As a freshman, averaged 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds en route to a Vegas 16 berth
- Graduated as the all-time leader in scoring and blocks at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, Tenn.
- Averaged 17.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.0 blocks per game as a senior in high school
- Named District 7-AAA MVP as well as a Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class AAA all-state member
- Selected as the Daily News Journal Player of the Year
- Named third team all-mid state
- Was a two-time all-district tournament and all-region tournament selection