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Darius Myron Washington Jr. (born December 6, 1985, in Winter Park, Florida) is an American professional basketball player. A former point guard for the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team. He played for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and for the D-League's Austin Toros in 2007.

Amateur careerEdit

Washington attended Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida, where in his senior year, he played in an ESPN High School Showcase game against Sebastian Telfair of the Portland Trail Blazers, and currently of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is also known for missing two of three free throws with no time remaining in the Conference USA tournament finals against Louisville on March 12, 2005, that would have either tied or won them the title outright[1], the only possible way the Tigers could have made the NCAA Tournament that year. Despite that setback, in his sophomore season he helped lead the #1-seeded Tigers to an Elite Eight appearance in the 2006 NCAA tournament, losing to eventual runner-up UCLA. He was named to the All-Conference USA first team and earned an honorable mention as an All-American by the Associated Press.

Professional careerEdit

On April 25, 2006, Washington declared himself as an early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft. Confident he would be drafted, he signed with a sports agent on June 26, two days before the draft, losing his eligibility to play in college. He was not drafted. Although analyst Dick Vitale and others believed Washington had a shot to make an NBA roster as a free agent, he failed to do so after trying out with several teams during training camp.

EuropeEdit

He was later drafted by the Austin Toros of the D-League, but he instead chose to sign with PAOK Thessaloniki of the Greek League. He then played for ČEZ Nymburk in the Czech Republic League after leaving PAOK. He played in the ULEB Cup competition during the year with both clubs.

In January 2008, Washington signed a 2 year contract with the Euroleague club Aris Thessaloniki, a team that competes in the Greek League. He was released by Aris after one season. At the end of October 2008, he signed a contract with the Russian Super League club Ural Great.

NBAEdit

Washington signed with the San Antonio Spurs on August 23, 2007, and was assigned to the D-League in late November. He played for the Austin Toros in the NBA D-League. He was called up in early December to take Tony Parker's spot on the roster while he healed from an injury; however, Washington was waived by the Spurs on December 28.[3][4] He played with the Chicago Bulls during the 2008–2009 NBA pre-season, but was waived by the team before the start of the regular season.

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