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Andre Washington (15) shooting for a layup with many defenders around him. 

Freshman Andre Washington requested a release from his athletic scholarship, announced by Illinois State coach Dan Muller Tuesday.

"I would like to thank coach Muller and the coaching staff, as well as my teammates, for their support this year," Washington said. "I enjoyed my time at Illinois State, but I am looking forward to continuing my education and basketball career at another university."

Washington, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 4.8 minutes per game in 17 games played and went 5-of-8 from the field.

"I want to thank Andre for the year he was here at ISU, and I wish him nothing but the best," Muller said.

The Fort Worth, Texas, native would have fought for playing time with David Ndiaye, Phil Fayne, Malik Yarborough and Christian Romine in 2017-18

Washington attended Arlington Heights High School (TX) where he was a three-year starter, averaging 17.4 points and 11.7 rebounds. He was named the District 7-5A Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the  All-District 7-5A First Team.

Washington has not announced what he plans to do next.

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