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Washington , Richard
Richard Washington was a three-sport star at Portland's Benson High school where he lettered in football basketball and track. Basketball was his best sport and he led Benson to state titles in 1971 and 1973 while earning first team All-City, All-State and All-Tournament honors three times. His senior season was highlighted by being named a basketball All-American and accepting a scholarship to play at UCLA. While at UCLA he led the Bruins to the 1975 NCAA title and was named All-Tournament, and NCAA Final Four MVP. During his time at UCLA he won three Pac-8 championships and was voted All-Pac-8 twice and was an All-American during the 1975-76 season.
His impressive three year winning record at UCLA was 26-4, 28-3 and 28-4. In 1976, Washington was drafted by the Kansas City Kings in the 1st round, third pick overall. During his NBA career he was slowed by many injuries, but managed to play six seasons and maintained a career 9.8 points per game average and 6.3 rebounds per game before retiring. In 1988, he was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1990 he was inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.