Presbyterian College head basketball coach Gregg Nibert, in conjunction with the athletic department, is pleased to announce the addition of two student-athletes.
Eric Washington and Ryan McTavish will continue their education and playing careers as members of the Blue Hose family beginning in the fall of 2011.
Washington is a 5’10” point guard from Columbia, S.C. A two-year letterwinner at Keenan H.S., Washington averaged 13 points, seven assists and three steals as a junior. He led his team to the state title, earning co-MVP honors and all-tournament team accolades. Washington recorded a team-record 10 steals against Newberry in a play-off game and also led his team in assists his sophomore and junior years. Washington led his South Carolina Ravens AAU team to a second-place finish at the national tournament in the 17-under bracket.
“We are very excited about the signing of Eric Washington,” Nibert said. “There is one word that describes Eric and that word is winner. He will do whatever it takes to win. He plays defense, passes the ball well and does all the unselfish things that not many players want to do. Eric plays for one of the best high school coaches in the state in Zach Norris and for one of the winningest programs in Keenan H.S.
“Eric also led his AAU team to the National Championship game while playing for the South Carolina Ravens under head coach Dion Bethea. Eric will give us great stability at the point guard position next season. He is a great passer and a tremendous on-ball defender to go along with a great knowledge of the game.”
McTavish is a 6’4″ shooting guard/small forward from Mt. Airy, Md. A three-year letterwinner at South Carroll H.S., McTavish garnered all-county honors twice. A two-time first-team all-Gazette selection, he also earned first-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore and junior. During his junior season, Mctavish was named to the all-tournament team at the DC Metro Showcase. That year, he averaged 20 points per game and 9.3 rebounds a contest. A member of the HCYP Elite AAU team, McTavish led his team to the national semifinals in Orlando, Fla., in July.
“Ryan has a tremendous work ethic and is what every college coach wants to hear is – he’s a gym rat,” Nibert said. “Ryan has tremendous skills in shooting, passing and a great understanding of the game. He can play both shooting guard and small forward. Ryan plays for a great high school coach in Doug Goff and high school program at South Carroll H.S. He also played AAU Basketball for HCYP Elite. It was coincidental that Ryan and Eric played against each other in the AAU National Championship semifinal game. Ryan will give us depth at the wing position next season.
“Again, we couldn’t be happier having two players of Eric and Ryan’s work ethic and character joining our team.”