Mr. Everything is Mr. Basketball: Carver’s All-Round Solomon Washington Earns LSWA’s Highest Honor | Preparation sports
Solomon Washington first met Carver basketball coach Nate Roche the summer before Washington started high school, and Roche told Washington he could one day be the best player in the state. .
Nearly four years later, the 6-foot-7 Washington was selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as its Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance/Mr. Basket for the 2021-22 season.
“As a rookie, I knew he was going to be able to affect the game in so many ways,” Roche said. “Watching him grow and mature, I knew that was more important than scoring for him. I knew he was going to be an impactful player on both ends of the pitch.
Washington, a Texas A&M signee, capped off his senior high school season in March by helping lead Carver to an LHSAA Class 4A championship, beating McMain 66-31. In the state Finals, Washington scored 12 points with 20 rebounds, nine assists, six blocked shots and four steals.
Washington finished his senior season averaging 14.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, three assists, 2.4 steals and 2.6 blocks. In 38 matches, he had 23 double-doubles.
Known for his crowd-pleasing dunks and blocked shots that occasionally got thrown into the stands, Washington was a unanimous first-team selection for District 11-4A and was selected as the District’s Player of the Year.
His ability to defend on the perimeter led to several quick baskets in transition.
“To me, that’s the most important part of the game,” Washington said. “Our defense creates the offense.”
Washington learned early in high school that his team could perform better when he let other players score more points. He could average 20 points per game and win games. But when he focused on defense and passing, Carver turned close games into blowouts.
The Rams have had great success with Washington. They reached the LHSAA Tournament three times, finishing in the semifinals when he was a sophomore and in second place when he was a junior.
It was that second-place finish that propelled Carver to a championship this season.
“We were hungry to lose the state championship in the last second,” Washington said. “The amount of work we put in during the offseason; I knew we were going to win the state.
Washington and his teammates ran five miles several times a week. They worked hard in the weight room.
“I knew our team was ready for the season,” Washington said.
Carver posted a 29-2 record against state opponents. The Rams finished the season strong, beating their last three opponents by wide margins: 29 points in the quarter-final against LB Landry, 49 points in the semi-final against Huntington and 35 points in the title game against McMain.
Washington wasn’t the only Carver player recognized by the LSWA this season. Senior Dorian Finister was an all-state second team selection and senior Willie Anderson received honorable mention.
But Washington brought a little more to his team.
“It’s very rare that you coach a player with his talent, skill level and maturity, and that’s a sponge,” Roche said. “Some guys with his talent think they know everything. I don’t think Solomon has reached that point.
La. Farm Bureau Insurance/LSWA Mr. Basketball Winners
1996: Lester Earl, Glen Oaks
1997: Marcus Fizer, Arcadia
1998: Stromele Swift, Fair Park
1999: Bernard King, Gibsland Coleman
2000: Chris Duhon, Salmen
2001: Donald Perry, McCall
2002: Darrel Mitchell Jr., St. Martinville
2003: Paul Millsap, Grambling
2004: Glen Davis, University
2005: Tasmin Mitchell, Denham Springs
2006: Demond Carter, Reserve Christian
2007: Greg Monroe, Helen Cox
2008: Greg Monroe, Helen Cox
2009: Joevoskie Mitchell, Zwolle
2010: Markel Brown, Peabody
2011: Ricardo Comes Together, Riverside
2012: Dee Wagner, Peabody
2013: Jarell Martin, Madison Prep
2014: Reginal Johnson Jr., Richwood
2015: Brandon Sampson, Madison Prep
2016: Javonte Smart, Scotlandville
2017: Javonte Smart, Scotlandville
2018: Javonte Smart, Scotlandville
2019: Jalen Cook, walker
2020: Reece Beekman, Scotlandville
2021: Carlos Stewart, Dunham School
2022: Solomon Washington, sculptor