Suiting up for Michigan State coach Tom Izzo obviously has its benefits.
Yet, Spartans walk-on Brock Washington still had a difficult time choosing his destination. In a conversation with Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com, Washington expressed his feelings on the process. He announced his decision to become the next preferred walk-on in East Lansing, Mich., on Tuesday.
“It’s surprising,” Washington said, “how tough something like this can really be, both physically and mentally, on somebody who has real dreams of being a high-major DI player, or even just a DI player. It can be tough to do and get through.”
Although Washington said Izzo indicated there could be a scholarship opportunity down the road, Washington admitted his uncertainty of wanting to suit up without one. The Southfield Christian High School product averaged 13.1 points per game as a senior, but had a scholarship offer only to the University of Buffalo. Still, he said he was hoping other schools, such as Oakland, would do the same.
“As I grew older, I started learning a lot more about,” Washington said. “I started learning what a letter meant and what a hand-written note meant and what a call meant and what a visit meant.”
Nevertheless, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound combo-guard is prepared for his journey with the Spartans.
“I’m ready for it,” he said. “I’m not going to stand down from any challenge that I’m faced with.”
Michigan State still has one scholarship available for the upcoming season.