Arkansas freshman Washington declared eligible

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas freshman Michael Washington
was declared eligible for the upcoming basketball season by the
Southeastern Conference, according to coach Stan Heath.

The Razorbacks had been waiting for Washington to be ruled
academically eligible. The NCAA had already said he could play, so
the SEC review was his last remaining roadblock. Heath told the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Washington has been cleared and will
be available in the Razorbacks' first exhibition game Tuesday night
against Xavier of New Orleans.

Washington, a forward, averaged 31.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and
9.0 blocked shots per game last year at Genesis One Christian
School in Mendenhall, Miss. Genesis One is one of several prep
schools whose academic standards have been under scrutiny from the