Standout senior guard Leondre Washington has transferred from Roselle Catholic (N.J.) back to Teaneck, the school at which he played his freshman and sophomore seasons, Teaneck boys basketball coach Jerome Smart confirmed Tuesday.
Washington, a 5-foot-10 combination guard who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, played last season for Roselle Catholic, a Union County non-public program that in recent years has risen to national prominence. He started for the Lions last season, but was asked to score less and facilitate more for a squad loaded with Division I talent.
Washington’s return to Teaneck makes the Highwaymen an even stronger favorite to win the Bergen Jamboree and at least the North 1, Group 3 title in the state tournament next winter.
Senior forward Juwaun Daniels, The Record’s reigning boys basketball Player of the Year, and junior point guard Ja’Quaye James are Teaneck’s top two returning players from a Group 3 state championship team that went 28-5 last season.
Washington is expected to be eligible once the season starts Dec. 16 because he will provide proof of a change of address to the NJSIAA, according to Smart.
Two seasons ago, Washington, a Division I prospect, averaged 22.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists for Teaneck (21-9).