July 21, 2013
FORT WORTH—TCU men’s basketball head coach Trent Johnson has announced the addition of sophomore forward Chris Washburn to the Horned Frogs roster. Washburn, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, arrives from UTEP, where he played last season as a true freshman.
A 6-8, 240-pound product of South Grand Prairie High School, Washburn appeared in all 32 games for UTEP in 2012-13 with four starts. He was third on the team in blocked shots, fourth in steals and fifth in rebounding.
“Chris is a good addition to our program with tremendous upside,” Johnson said. “He’s a versatile player with the ability to score down low or to step out and shoot it. He was one of the top players in the country his senior year in high school. We are fortunate to be able to add a young player with his talent to our roster at this time of the year.”
Washburn opened his UTEP career with three straight double-figure scoring performances while becoming the first Miner freshman to accomplish the feat in a decade. He posted his career high of 14 points in the season opener against Oral Roberts while later notching his top rebounding total at East Carolina with eight boards.
Prior to signing with UTEP, Washburn put together a decorated prep career for South Grand Prairie High, where Rivals.com rated him as one of the nation’s top-120 players for the class of 2012 and a four-star prospect. He led the Warriors to a 35-3 record as a senior while earning numerous accolades, including All-State 5A, All-Region 5A and District 5-5A MVP.
Washburn posted individual figures of 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals per game as a senior and shot 52.4 percent from the floor. He made more than 60 percent of his shots as a junior while collecting average figures of 13.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals. He received scholarship offers from a host of schools that included Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
Washburn owns solid basketball bloodlines. His older brother, guard Julian Washburn, finished last season as the leading scorer for UTEP. His father, center Chris Washburn Sr., was the No. 3 overall selection in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.
Washburn becomes the sixth offseason addition to TCU’s roster and the second high-profile transfer following the arrival of senior guard Trey Ziegler from Pitt.