UTEP’s Washburn Earns Spot on C-USA All-Freshman Team
UTEP forward/guard Julian Washburn was one of five players tabbed to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team on Tuesday. Washburn joins Rice guard Dylan Ennis, Tulane guard Ricky Tarrant, Houston forward TaShawn Thomas and Houston guard Joseph Young on the squad.
Tarrant was appointed the C-USA Freshman of the Year.
Washburn leads the Miners in scoring (11.5 ppg), starts (28) and minutes (33.6 avg.), and ranks second in steals (1.0 avg.). He is shooting 46.5 percent from the field and has scored in double figures in nine of the last 12 games (13.3 ppg).
A four-time Conference USA Freshman of the Week, Washburn is the second-highest scoring freshman in the league behind Tarrant (15.2 ppg). The Duncanville, Texas native ranks eighth in C-USA in minutes, 14th in field goal percentage and 19th in scoring.
Washburn is one of eight UTEP freshmen to score 300 points in a season. His 333 points rank sixth in the freshman record book. Washburn scored a career-high 21 points in the Miners’ last game at SMU on Saturday.
UTEP’s previous C-USA All-Freshman Team selections were Randy Culpepper in 2008 and Arnett Moultrie in 2009.
The eighth seed Miners will take on ninth seed Houston in the opening round of the Conference USA Championship on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. MT in Memphis.