First-year head coach Dave Smart has signed Lamar Washington, a 6'4" guard from Texas Tech, as his first recruit for the 2024-25 season at Pacific University. Washington, who previously played under Smart at Texas Tech, brings experience from a team that made the NCAA Tournament with a 23-11 record last season. His high school accolades include being a 4-star ESPN recruit and the Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year. Washington aims to help revitalize the Pacific basketball program as he pursues a Media X degree. Smart expressed excitement about Washington being a key piece for the team's future.

By the Numbers
  • 2022-23 season stats: 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists per game.
  • High school senior stats: 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists per game.
  • High school junior stats: 31.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists per game.
State of Play
  • Washington played in all 30 games last season and all 32 games as a freshman at Texas Tech.
  • Coming off a season where Texas Tech advanced to the NCAA Tournament with a 23-11 overall record.
What's Next

Washington will join Pacific for the 2024-25 season, expected to play a pivotal role in the team's rebuilding efforts under Coach Smart. He will pursue a degree in Media X while playing a central part in the basketball program's strategy.

Bottom Line

Lamar Washington's signing marks a significant step for Pacific University's basketball program as they aim to gain momentum under new leadership. With his background and talent, Washington could be a cornerstone in the team's future success.