Leadership is a difficult thing.
Refocus leads to #MetroSeries win.
Down, but not out.
A stunning result versus Youngstown State.
Full-time enrolled students must contact Saddi Washington.
Golden Grizzlies battled the Panthers in #HLMBB play
Oakland head coach Grag Kampe earned his 500th career win at home on Saturday during homecoming.
Golden Grizzlies and Eagles battled inside the Convocation Center.
OU men's basketball took on BGSU in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on March 14.
Saddi Washington completed his ninth season on the basketball coaching staff and second as Associate Head Coach. He assists with the day-to-day operations of the program, as well as serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Golden Grizzlies and will work with the post players in 2015-16.
Washington is responsible for bringing in some of the top mid-major recruits in the country to Oakland University. Four players have led the country in a statistical category, beginning with Johnathon Jones in 2009 when he dished out 8.1 assists per game to lead the NCAA. Reggie Hamilton followed in 2012 by scoring an NCAA-best 26.2 points per game, and Travis Bader made a Summit League record 139 treys in 2013 to lead the country. Teammate Duke Mondy led the NCAA with 3.03 steals per game, breaking the school record with 100 in 2012-13. Bader and Mondy were the first tandem to lead the NCAA in a category inside The Summit League.
Jones developed in to one of the finest point guards in Summit League history, setting a new all-time league record with 819 assists. Jones finished as a two-time Mid-Major All-American and All-Summit League first team selection. Bader, a Mid-Major Player of the Year finalist, was a first team all-league selection and Mondy garnered all-league second team accolades in 2013.
Another sharpshooter under Washington was Erik Kangas who ranked fourth in the country with 3.9 treys per game, earning all-league honors for the second time during his senior campaign in 2008-09. He set the single-season Summit League record with 135 triples made in 2008-09, a record that is now held by current standout Bader.
Hamilton was another sensational guard for Oakland, becoming the first Summit League player to lead the country in scoring at 26.2 points per game. Hamilton was a two-time All-Summit League selection and a Mid-Major All-American. He is the third straight guard to reach the professional ranks during Washington's tenure.
Bader ended his career with an NCAA record 504 3-pointers made and was a two-time mid-major All-American. He is currently playing in the NBA Development League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston Rockets NBA affiliate.
Kahlil Felder is the latest top recruit that Washington has led to national prominence. A Lou Henson Award finalist, Felder finished second in the country with 7.6 assists per game and led the Golden Grizzlies by scoring 18.1 points per game (2nd in the Horizon League). He led the league with 2.0 steals per game and the 5-foot-9 point guard ranked in the top 10 with 4.8 rebounds per game. Felder has dished out 7 or more assists in an astounding 37 games in his two-year career.
Before coming to Oakland University, Washington's coaching career began back in 2005 as a volunteer assistant coach at MHSAA powerhouse Romulus High School under current Buffalo head coach Nate Oats.
Washington brings plenty of playing experience to the Golden Grizzlies staff with seven years of professional competition under his belt. He was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the Continental Basketball Association in 1998 by the Grand Rapids Hoops and has played overseas in Italy, France, Greece and Israel. In 2001 he was a member of the Detroit Dogs of the ABA that won the leagues inaugural title. He has also been at NBA preseason camps with a number of teams, including the Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks.
A 1998 graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in business/marketing, Washington was inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Fame in the fall 2010. In 1994 he was named to the Mid-American Conference all-freshman team after averaging 14.0 points per game. A two-time All-MAC selection, he was a first team pick after his senior season in 1998 after scoring 626 points, averaging 21.6 per game. He helped lead the Broncos to the NCAA tournament that season where they upset Clemson in the first round.
A native of Lansing, Mich., Washington attended Sexton High School where he was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and track, receiving all-state recognition in both sports in 1993. He and his wife Channon reside in Waterford with their daughter Sidney and son Caleb.