After four years of wearing red and blue, Bryce Washington of Penn men's basketball will now be playing in yellow and blue. The senior guard announced his commitment to Hofstra University through a Twitter post on April 20.
Washington’s decision makes him the second player transferring out of the Quakers’ program after senior guard Jelani Williams announced his commitment to Howard University on March 29.
Washington, a Southfield, Michigan native, had a stellar freshman season back in 2019. He played in 30 of 31 games — starting 22 of them — and averaged 7.5 points per game. Washington concluded his season with four Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, and a Big 5 Player of the Week honor.
His time on the court during his sophomore season was unfortunately cut short due to an injury, but Washington still managed to play in nine games that season.
Due to the cancellation of Ivy League winter sports his junior year, Washington wouldn’t see play again until this 2021-22 season. Yet he would make an appearance in only 12 of those games and join the starting five just twice.
When sophomore guard Jordan Dingle missed the lineup for the Feb. 26 matchup against Dartmouth, coach Steve Donahue turned to Washington to fill the gap. Scoring a season high 13 points in 25 minutes, then notching another 10 points against the Princeton Tigers on March 5, he showed glimpses of his freshman year self.
Hofstra has had numerous triumphant seasons as of late. Seeing as Washington's on-court minutes at Penn dwindled as the years went on, he looks to make an impact by solidifying a role in Hofstra’s starting roster. The graduate transfer can defend the Prides' winning reputation by strengthening Hofstra's defensive end.
Washington was able to tally up an impressive number of blocks and steals each season, something he will look to continue doing next year on Long Island, while also trying to help the Prides reach their first March Madness since 2001.