Washington (6'9", 220 pound forward/center), who came up a rebound short of double-double (12 points, 9 rebounds), enjoyed having the opportunity to play with some of the best east coast prospects and relished in the experience.
"It was a great (experience)," Washington said. "The Barclays Center was a great environment and I just wanted to go hard. Both sides of my family are from (New York) and I was just happy to be here."
While admittedly Washington was upset he was not part of the Jordan Brand All-American game, Washington knew that the competition for the regional game was intense nonetheless. Washington was going up against players like Jaren Sina (Seton Hall), Davon Reed (Miami), Tyler Roberson (Syracuse), Reggie Cameron (Georgetown) and Austin Colbert (Illinois)- all of whom are going to major D1 programs.
"I wanted to show what I can do," Washington added. "We (White Jersey squad that also included UConn signees Terrence Samuel and Kentan Facey as well as Syracuse signee Chinonso Obokoh) really wanted to win. We got down like 17-2 and we had to give some energy (to get back into game). We got the W at the end of the day."
Washington is something of a perfectionist, as he's always looking at ways to improve his game. He made no bones about it. He wanted to get that elusive double-double.
"I was trying to get it," Washington admitted with a sly grin. "It's important to me. There are important people here and I'm just trying to get ready for college."
Washington was active in the middle and made some critical defensive plays down the stretch in a close game. On the night Washington shot 6-12 while also blocking two shots in the victory.
Now Washington's eyes are set on what he can do to help the Wolfpack, as he is antsy to help in any way shape or form next year. Washington is eager to join fellow freshmen-to-be Cat Barber and BeeJay Anya.
"Cat is great," Washington said. "He did great at the McDonald's game. He has great energy and he gets to the basket, he distributes and makes shots. I can't wait to play with him and BeeJay. BeeJay is tough. He's more of a five than a four. He finishes and blocks shots. We're going to be a little young but I'm excited."
"Our goal (next year should be) to make it back to the tournament and just learn from each other," Washington said. "I was happy to play in the Barclays Center because this is how it's going to be from here on out."
Washington was referring to playing in big-stage settings and he anticipates as much when he has to play at a place like the Carrier Dome, as the ACC is set to welcome Syracuse to the conference next year.
"What do they have like, 50,000 (fans) at the Carrier Dome? You know they're going to be ready," Washington added.
Washington is set to wrap up classes at Brewster and wants to be enrolled at N.C. State by mid-May.
"Hopefully I can go down there May 20," Washington concluded. "That's pretty early but that's the first session. That would be good for me to get acquainted. It's going to be exciting."