February 22, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Wyoming Cowboys forward Leonard Washington (5) blocks a shot by San Diego State Aztecs forward Garrett Green (5) as Cowboys guard Larry Nance, Jr. (22) helps defend during the first half at Viejas Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Great news for Wyoming hoops fans. Today the school announced that senior forward Leonard Washington has been reinstated back for the upcoming Cowboy basketball season. Washington was suspended last spring for not meeting the standards of the team. Then in May he was charged in May for criminal entry and battery.
Since that time Washington has kept his head down and focused on getting back on the team. He took classes to get his academics in order and worked at the golf course this summer. Some thought Washington would never wear the Brown and Gold again. Luckily he was able to prove them wrong and make it back.
Here is part of the release from the school:
"Leonard has met our criteria for earning his way back onto this team and has done everything athletics director Tom Burman and I have asked of him," Wyoming men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt said in a UW release. "We are pleased that he will have the opportunity to earn his degree this spring and look forward to him continuing to help this team."
The Mountain West is stacked this year. Having Washington will provide another veteran and proven scorer to the roster. Last year he led the Pokes in scoring and rebounding. Washington was also the most consistent scorer for Wyoming, he rarely had an off night. The only thing that kept him scoring more was getting into foul trouble.
Great to see Washington make the most of this opportunity and set himself up for success this year and in the future.