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Duane Washington Jr. has declared for the NBA draft. (Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes guard declares for NBA Draft

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Buckeyes guard declares for NBA Draft

Duane Washington Jr. was Ohio State’s best scoring threat late in the season.

Now he’s going to test if his lethal scoring ability can translate well to the next level. Washington declared for the NBA Draft on Friday afternoon. He will test the waters of the next level but maintain his eligibility, leaving the door open to a potential return to the Buckeyes.

“After discussion with my family, Coach Holtmann and our coaching staff, I feel it’s in my best interest to take advantage of this opportunity to potentially make my dream come true,” Washington said in a graphic released on Twitter. “My focus is fully on this process and taking the necessary steps to becoming an NBA player. With that being said… I will be entering the 2021 NBA Draft!”

Ohio State has a chance to be one of the best teams in the country if Washington comes back for next season. But he is going to test the NBA Draft waters first. That process began Friday.

Cardale and Tyvis break down Buckeyes quarterback battle

On this week’s podcast hosted by Cardale Jones and Tyvis Powell, the former Buckeyes give incredible insight into Ohio State spring practice.

Jones has participated in a spring quarterback competition and provides his opinion on who could emerge as QB1 for the Buckeyes this season. Powell was one of the best defensive backs of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State and describes what the secondary needs to do to improve this season.

Plus a ton of funny stories that only these guys could tell.

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Buckeyes reserve offensive lineman enters transfer portal

The Buckeyes lost one talented reserve option along the offensive line on Friday with Max Wray officially entering the transfer portal, ending a career with the program that briefly showed flashes of his potential at tackle.

The former four-star, top-100 recruit out of Tennessee spent most of his tenure with the Buckeyes as a reserve option. But Ohio State needed him in a key spot last year at Michigan State thanks to COVID issues that left the offensive line without both starters and a couple backups, thrusting Wray unexpectedly into a critical role for the Big Ten champions.

Wray answered the bell, handled himself well on the edge and wound up earning a Champion grade for his work in the blowout win over the Spartans on the way to a fourth-consecutive conference title for Ohio State.

Max Wray helped push the Buckeyes starters at tackle for the last few years, but he was running out of time to make more of an on-field impact with the Buckeyes given the stockpile of talent now on hand.Wray made the most of his one good shot at Ohio State. And now he appears ready to look for a spot where the opportunities might come more frequently.

READ: Buckeyes offensive lineman Max Wray enters transfer portal

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