#42 Tyrone Washington
C, 6-10, 260, Sr., 3L, Indianola, MS

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Standout post player who enters his senior campaign as a near-consensus preseason first-team all-SEC selection after garnering third-team all-league honors a season ago... Rated among the top centers in the nation by various preseason college basketball publications... Bidding to become only the fifth Bulldog player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points and collect 800 or more career rebounds... Ranks 16th on MSU's all-time list with 570 career rebounds, in addition to standing fourth on the school's all-time chart with 133 career blocks... Enters 1998-99 having started 59 consecutive games in which he has played... The Bulldogs' leading returning scorer, having averaged a career-best 12.9 points per game last year... Also rated as the SEC's second-leading rebounder (9.3 rpg) for the second straight year, along with topping the conference in field-goal percentage (53%) and ranking fourth in blocked shots (2.1 bpg)... Former Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Mississippi as a senior all-state standout at Indianola (Miss.) Gentry High School.

1997-98 (JUNIOR): Continued to develop into one of the premier centers in the Southeastern Conference as a third-team all-league selection... Posted career-best numbers in virtually every statistical category, ranking among the SEC's top-20 leaders in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field-goal percentage... Paced the SEC in overall field-goal percentage (53%), dramatically improving his shooting accuracy from the previous year (43% as a sophomore)... Bettered his scoring average nearly four points (12.9 ppg) to rank 16th in the SEC... Runner-up among the league's leading rebounders (9.3 rpg) for the second year in a row... Also stood fourth in blocks (2.1 bpg)... Started all 29 games in which he played, missing only the UT Martin game (Dec. 20) due to the death of his grandmother... Nearly posted MSU's first-ever "triple-double" with 14 points, 14 rebounds and a school-record tying eight blocks at Old Dominion (Dec. 18) just two days after being notified of her passing back home in Mississippi, while he was on the team's two-game Virginia road swing (JMU & ODU)... Recorded a team-high nine "double-doubles" with 20 double-digit scoring games and 13 games with 10 or more boards... Had four 20-point outings, including a season-high 23 points versus Kentucky... Had 22 points (8-of-11 FGs) and 15 rebounds at home against rival Mississippi... Pulled down a career-most 17 boards at Auburn, including a school-record 11 offensive rebounds.

1996-97 (SOPHOMORE): Emerged as one of the most productive centers in the SEC as a sophomore successor to three-time all-SEC center and first-round NBA draftee Erick Dampier... Named All-South Honorable Mention by Basketball Times... Averaged just under 31 minutes played per game in starting all 30 games at the pivot position... Co-led the SEC in blocked shots (2.0 bpg), with his 59 rejects ranking sixth on MSU's all-time, season-best chart... Also tied for the No. 2 spot among the league's rebounding leaders (7.9 rpg) just behind Derek Hood of Arkansas... Quintupled his scoring totals from his freshman campaign with a 9.0 points-per-game sophomore scoring average... Shot 42.7 percent from the field on the year and 71.9 percent from the charity stripe... Registered four "double-doubles" on the season, including a 26-point, 12-rebound effort in home contest against Auburn... Scored in double figures 13 times, earning game scoring honors for MSU on three occasions... Scored 24 points on 7-of-10 field-goal shooting and 10-of-10 accuracy from the line, along with collecting 13 rebounds, versus Texas Southern... Garnered club rebounding honors a team-high 15 times for the year, including nine double-digit board efforts... Pulled down 13 caroms at Kentucky, along with posting a trio of games with a dozen rebounds... Had eight games with three or more blocked shots, with a season-high six rejects against South Carolina.

1995-96 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in all but three contests as a true-freshman center, working behind all-SEC pivot man Erick Dampier... Played an average of seven minutes per outing as Dampier's back-up, averaging 1.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in a reserve role... Ranked third on the team, behind NBA first-round draft picks Dampier and Dontae' Jones, with 13 blocked shots on the season... Shot 41 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line for the year... Totalled nine points (4-of-7 FGs), six rebounds and a block in early-season home win over Troy State... Scored eight points on 4-of-5 field goal shooting in 12-minute road outing against the LSU Tigers... Came up big off the MSU bench with seven points (3-of-4 FGs), four boards and one block in 11 productive minutes during MSU's NCAA Southeast Regional championship-game victory over Cincinnati... Collected a half-dozen caroms in first-round tournament win over Oregon State at the Ford Far West Classic and versus Georgia in State's semifinal-round SEC Tournament triumph.

HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time all-state performer as a three-year starter for coach Elmo Hickingbottom at Indianola (Miss.) Gentry High School... The Gatorade Boys' Basketball Player of the Year in Mississippi as a senior... Also garnered fourth-team Parade All-America honors... Averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks per game as a first-team all-state performer during his senior campaign, helping pace the Rams to a 28-6 record and third straight district championship... Participated in the National High School Coaches Association East-West All-Star Classic, in addition to competing in the 1995 Mississippi-Alabama and Coca-Cola Mississippi High School all-star games... Helped Indianola Gentry to back-to-back Class 4A state runner-up finishes and North State titles during his junior and sophomore seasons... Averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as an honorable mention all-state performer during his junior year.

PERSONAL: Tyrone Lamar Washington was born September 16, 1976, in East St. Louis, Mo... Majoring in general business administration... The son of Alonzo Fair and the late Willie Mae Fair... Brother, James Mayden, played collegiate basketball at the University of Oklahoma.

Washington's Career Statistics
1995-96	31-0	219-7.1		22-54	.407	0-0	.000	12-20	.600	64-2.1		34-0	3	22	13	6	56-1.8
1996-97	30-30	927-30.9	103-241	.427	0-0	.000	64-89	.719	237-7.9		90-1	34	74	59	18	270-9.0
1997-98	29-29	941-32.4	147-277	.531	0-0	.000	79-131	.603	269-9.3		97-5	25	59	61	15	373-12.9
Totals	90-59	2087-23.2	272-572	.476	0-0	.000	155-240	.646	570-6.3		221-6	62	155	133	39	699-7.8

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