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Howard Washington playing for Canada's U-17 national team

Howard Washington playing for Canada's U-17 national team Howard Washington in action for Canisius last season as a sophomore. He will transfer to Montverde (Fla.) this fall. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

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Buffalo's Howard Washington, the second-team All-Western New York selection as a sophomore who will be transferring to Florida this fall, is currently playing for Team Canada in the FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai.

On Thursday, Canada fell out of medal contention after a 71-64 loss to Serbia. Washington, a 6-foot-2 point guard, started and had eight points, three rebounds and two assists. Canada will play China in the classification round on Aug. 15.

Washington's mother is Canadian, so he has dual citizenship. He is the only player on the Canadian roster whose hometown is outside Canada.

The team played three preliminary games in France before traveling to Dubai. He has averaged 11.6 points in five games in the FIBA Tournament (player profile page).

Washington, also the co-Player of the Year in the Monsignor Martin Association last year, is transferring from Canisius to Montverde Academy -- one of the very top high school programs in the country -- in Florida this fall.

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Miguel Rodriguez, a Buffalo native and University of Rochester graduate, began his career at The News in 2003 as a sports copy editor and joined the high school sports beat in 2014. One of the most versatile members of the sports department, he has covered all manner of high school, college and professional events, including the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The former college hockey goalie has contributed to the Sabres beat, covered youth hockey and reported from the IIHF World Junior Championship and the men's and women's NCAA Frozen Four.

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