Williamsport’s Washington to transfer to Quinnipiac

Williamsport High School’s Isaiah Washington has committed to continue his college basketball career at Quinnipiac. He is graduating after three seasons at Penn State and will have two years of eligibility and may play right away as a graduate transfer.

The move to Quinnipiac was first reported by Jon Rothstein of Fan Rag Sports and Washington retweeted this report Sunday. Washington’s impending departure from Penn State was announced in March.

Washington redshirted his freshman year and played sparingly the last two for the Nittany Lions as a 6-foot-3 reserve shooting guard. He played in 17 games last season, averaging five minutes and 0.7 points per game. He played in 28 games as a redshirt freshman in 2015-16, scoring 2.7 points per game.

Quinnipiac, of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, hired Baker Dunleavy as head coach in March. Dunleavy, a Villanova assistant under Jay Wright, is the brother of Atlanta Hawks player Mike Dunleavy and son of Mike Dunleavy Sr., a former NBA player and head coach who is now head coach at Tulane.

Washington told the Hartford Courant he visited Quinnipiac over the weekend.

“I feel a comfort level with Quinnipiac,” Washington said. “And I’m definitely OK with Baker and his plans for the future of the program.”

There would now be three Williamsport graduates playing Division I basketball next year, with Jahad Thomas set for his fifth-year senior season at UMass-Lowell of the America East Conference and Stanley Scott signed to begin at Oakland of the Horizon League.

Quinnipiac finished 10-21 last season, 7-13 in the MAAC. Their two leading scorers from last season were freshman guards Mikey Dixon and Peter Kiss. But Dixon, the MAAC Rookie of the Year, announced last week plans to transfer to St. John’s after Quinnipiac fired head coach Tom Moore after 10 seasons. The school has never made the NCAA tournament.

Washington was one of three graduate transfers from Penn State this spring. Terance Samuel, who came to the Nittany Lions from Connecticut, will be at South Florida next year. No plans have been announced for forward Payton Banks.