For Darius Washington Jr, game winner against Memphis alumni was poetic justice


By: KJ Edelman | @kyle_edelman

Sunday's Elam Ending was extra special for former Memphis Tiger Darius Washington Jr

Darius Washington Jr. took a deep breath as he held the ball on the three point line. Dominique Jones, who took the three shots prior, looked his way and yelled ‘clear’ as he backed off the line. Washington Jr. pumped and caught Adonis Thomas in the air.

With one point left to win the clinch a spot to the Sweet 16 for Team DRC, Washington Jr. stepped up and pulled up from the left elbow to win it against Memphis State. He crept up to the bucket just in case it missed, but the ball was on its target.

Washington Jr. immediately ripped his jersey off as he was mobbed by his teammates.

For Washington Jr., who had a team-high 26 points, the win meant more than being closer to two million dollars. It was a victory against his alma mater, Memphis.

“It felt like poetic justice,” Washington Jr. said.

Washington Jr. was a two-year standout at Memphis where he starred for John Calipari's Tigers. On Sunday, he had one more opportunity to play with some of his former teammates at U of M as the opposition. And he made it count.

I sat down with Washington Jr. to talk about competing against his alumni team, playing for Calipari, mentoring Portland Trail Blazers’ Anfernee Simons and what we can expect out of Team DRC in TBT 2018.


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