UPDATE Just recently, Petron finally parted ways with Washington as they traded him to Global Port in exchange for rookie forward Jason Deutchman as a part of a deal that sent Japeth Aguilar to Ginebra. Will JWash be able to get the playing time he demanded for when he was still with the Blaze Boosters? Will he be able to get back his old form that gave him two Best Player of Conference plums? Will he fit well with a Batang Pier squad that has Willie Miller and Gary David? One thing’s for sure… there are just too many questions surrounding him right now.
Two conferences after returning from an injury that sidelined him for almost a season, Jay Washington finally got back into game shape coming into the Commissioner’s Cup. Washington still remains as one of Petron’s offensive weapons and is expected to become an able back up to their reinforcement in the import-laden Commissioner’s Cup.
There are games in this conference wherein the two-time Best Player of the Conference displayed flashes of brilliance and played like his old self before the injury that kept him from playing for an entire season, scoring at will and shooting at a high percentage. Hwe was also able to give them a presence on the boards (at times) as well as on defense. In the 16 games he played, the stat that stood out for Washington was his clip from rainbow territory, where he earned a 40% shooting clip.
Inconsistency has been synonymous to Jay Washington’s game ever since he came back from an injury. Yes, there were games that he played well, but there were more games wherein he was more of a liability on both ends of the floor. Though there were games where he showed his old deadly form, JWash definitely played below average this conference. Despite his height, he averaged a measly 4.2 rebounds a game and was chewed up by the opposing power forwards on defense, not a positive note for a team that has a thin frontline. With an import playing the power forward and the center position most of the time, it seemed that he had a hard time accepting that he will be given less minutes and this was proven when he complained about playing time when they got booted out of the competition by Talk N Text in the quarterfinals.
His game has been slowly regressing as time goes by and it was vey evident this conference. Petron’s front line was kind of decimated with only a rookie in June Mar Fajardo, an aging Dorian Peña and Henry Sims (among others) as their reliable front court men and JWash was expected to somehow give these guys the support they needed to man the paint but the Eckerd College standout failed to do so.
How about you? How would you rate Jay Washington’s Commissioner’s Cup campaign? Feel free to vote and let us know your own rating.
Petron Blaze Boosters Approval Ratings
|Dorian Peña||Chico Lanete||Joseph Yeo||June Mar Fajardo||Dennis Miranda|
|Jay Washington||Ronald Tubid||Arwind Santos||Marcio Lassiter|