There are a lot of factors that go into a kid’s development, however in a lot of situations the kids just need time. Time to grow, time to become comfortable in their own skin, time to find the right situation where they can thrive.

Such could be the case this year for three 22 Ft Academy seniors, 6’8” SanAntonio Brinson and 6’3” Aron Washington. In Brinson’s case it took him time to grow comfortable into his body. In Anderson’s case it took him time to find the right situation.

Brinson started his career playing in the shadows of current Virginia Tech sophomore Ahmad Hill. In his lone junior season without Hill, he made second team All Area after leading his Aquanis High School to the second round of the Georgia state playoffs.

During the AAU season he played for Team Power, based out of Augusta, Georgia. He was however, nicked up a good bit during the summer preventing him from maximizing his exposure. When healthy, Brinson is a long 6’8” wing. He handles the ball with confidence in the half court set and shows range off the catch and bounce. Defensively, he uses his long arms to be able to defend multiple positions.

Brinson has grown two inches over the last year, and certainly needs to continue adding weight, but this year will be an eye opening one in his recruitment. He currently claims offers from Charleston Southern and Austin Peay.

Washington, on the other hand, has needed to find the right fit for his growth. Last year he played at Montrose Christian in DC, where he shared the back court with Temple commit Alani Moore. He also played AAU with BMore’s Finest on the Under Armour Circuit.

Washington is a scorer. He is very crafty with the ball in his hands and always seems to find the angle to get his shoulder square and a good shot off. He also has a strong frame and a confident dribble in the half court. During open gym, Washington displayed a very competitive nature in wanting to wing.

To top it all off, Washington is a high academic student. Currently he doesn’t have any offers, but Miami (OH), VMI, Citadel, and Mercer are all in contact. Washington has a game similar to former Richmond guard Kevin Anderson as he is a crafty offensive player who compensates for his lack of elite quickness with an aggression and instincts.

Look for both players to pick up their recruitment throughout this year. Both players are high academic kids, who the more you watch them the more they will grow on you.

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