Washington held 20 college offers. Butler began its pursuit after Washington's arrival in Florida, where he averaged a modest 6.6 points and 2.7 assists in 28 games for nationally ranked Montverde.
"You're playing against the best players, practicing against the best players, playing under the best coach," Washington said of Montverde and coach Kevin Boyle. "It got me battle-tested. Coach Boyle is one of the best coaches in the country."
Signed, sealed, delivered: Recent Niskayuna graduate Garrett Whitley officially became an outfielder in the Tampa Bay Rays organization Tuesday.
Whitley, selected No. 13 overall in the Major League Baseball amateur draft last month, landed a $2,962,100 signing bonus, MLB.com reported. That's the full slot value for the draft pick at which Whitley was selected.
Whitley will join the Gulf Coast League Rays.
"Garrett has all the tools we look for in a young prospect, both physically and mentally," Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison said in a statement. "He has the tools to play center field and hit in the middle of a lineup, and has the potential to impact the game with his legs, bat and glove. On top of that, Garrett is an intelligent young man with a great mental foundation for playing our game."
Coming up: Former Section 5 great Ryan Blackwell, who went on to a solid career at Syracuse University for Jim Boeheim, will be appointed buys basketball coach at Liverpool at Tuesday's school board meeting.
Blackwell played professionally and coached in Japan after graduation. In 1995, he was the New York State Sportswriters Association's Class B player of the year as a Pittsford Sutherland senior.
More coaching news: Former NFL quarterback Mike Buck has been named head football coach for Greenport/Southold/Mattituck. Predecessor Jack Martilotta will remain on the staff as an assistant for the Porters, whose 2014 season ended two games early due to a player shortage.
Buck, who coached Bishop McGann-Mercy for one season before the switch to G/S/M, played for Sayville and the University of Maine before being selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints in 1990. He later played for the Saints, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.