The Northwestern State women’s basketball team tipped of the spring signing time frame by adding Hinds Community College forward Nakaylis Washington.
A 5-foot-9 McComb, Mississippi, product, Washington averaged 9 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Bulldogs, starting all 21 games in which she appeared.
Washington reached double figures in scoring in seven games in her sophomore season, highlighted by an 18-point performance in a loss to Baton Rouge Community College. Washington knocked down 7 of 8 shots in that game and grabbed a season-best nine rebounds.
In her freshman season, Washington flashed her scoring potential with a pair of 10-point games and started nine of her 24 appearances as the Bulldogs went 16-9. An active rebounder, Washington corralled an average of 4.3 rebounds per game.
“Nakaylis is a versatile player who can play and score in different positions on the floor,” said head coach Jordan Dupuy, who enters his fourth season at the helm of the Lady Demons. “She will allow us to play the up-tempo style we want to play. She and her family are great fits for our program both on and off the floor. We are excited to have her.”
At South Pike High School in Magnolia, Mississippi, Washington averaged 13.7 points per game as a senior, helping lead the Panthers to the state playoffs. She also was the district champion in the long jump with a leap of 16-2.
Washington, who aspires to be a physical therapist and plans to major in health and exercise science, credited the atmosphere around the university and the program as reasons for signing with NSU.
“I chose NSU because I like how they are going to always make sure I’m doing well, not just athletically but academically as well,” she said. “I also can see myself fitting into the basketball program just fine. Lastly, I just love the atmosphere and positive energy of the school.”
Washington joins incoming freshmen Anessa Dussette and Karyn Ford in the Lady Demons’ signing class. Dussette and Ford signed with Northwestern State in November.
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