Jenks' Jessica Washington gets dream opportunity of signing with North Carolina

SUPER 5 GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM — Jenks' Jessica Washington grew up wanting to play for the Tar Heels. Washington averaged 23.8 points and 7.7 rebounds this season.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 13, 2013


photo - Jessica Washington, Jenks High School basketball player and member of the Super 5 girls team, poses for a photo at the OPUBCO studio in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Jessica Washington, Jenks High School basketball player and member of the Super 5 girls team, poses for a photo at the OPUBCO studio in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

When he started realizing how good his daughter could be at basketball, Travis Washington started to push.

Young Jessica Washington didn't want much to do with that initially.

“I started thinking when she was around fifth or sixth grade that she had a special talent,” Travis said. “But it took her a bit to want to work to take advantage of that.”

It didn't take long, though.

Now, about six years later, Washington is one of the best girls players in the country.

She played for Team USA in the FIBA U17 world championships in The Netherlands last summer, was the state's lone McDonald's All-American and signed to play at North Carolina.

Now, she's an Oklahoman Super 5 honoree.

“I feel very blessed to have the opportunities I've had,” Jessica said.

Washington grew up wanting to play for the Tar Heels. Travis was born in Charlotte and still has family near the school. His daughter grew up with UNC posters on her walls and Tar Heels jerseys in her closet.

“It was my dream school,” Washington said. “It's amazing to think about getting that chance. It's like a dream come true.”

She's worked plenty hard to earn those opportunities, though.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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