Harold Washington to play pro in Algeria

Former Canisius guard Harold Washington says he has signed a professional contract to play with the club CSM Constantine in Algeria.

CSM Constantine appears to have beaten GS Petroleum in a three-game series for the Algeria Super Division title in May, but lost to them later that month for the Algerian Cup.

Washington played two seasons at Canisius after transferring from Cecil junior college and was an all-MAAC selection both years. In 2013, he averaged 13.8 points per game and 2.3 assists while finishing second in the MAAC in three-point shooting (41.9 percent, excluding postseason).

Algeria is northern Africa and Constantine is its third-largest city, with more than 1 1/2 times the population of Buffalo.

Former Canisius hockey player Preston Shupe signed with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL, an Edmonton affiliate. Shupe was the team captain this year and finished with 16 goals and 13 assists.

Canisius High School basketball coach Kyle Husband tweeted this week that his sophomores Howard Washington and Stafford Trueheart were offered scholarships to play at Canisius College.

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