Washington hit 6-of-11 shots from the field, scoring 13 points while grabbing ten rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
"He was looking to score, and I liked his aggressiveness," Gottfried said of Washington.
The sophomore is at his best when he's in catch-and-shoot position, but he is also effective on the low block. When you break down his shots over the course of the season, it's easy to find his comfort zone.
A face-up big man, 83.8% of Washington's shots this season have been two-point jumpers, and he's hitting 41.1% of those shots. According to Hoop-Math, just 9.3% of Washington's shots come at the rim, and he has converted 60% of those chances. Finally, 7.4% of his shots have been 3-pointers, and Washington's knocked down 37.5% of those chances.
As you can tell, he takes shots from all of the floor and had it working against Virginia, where he scored scoring multiple times against Cavalier defenders down low and from the perimeter. However, he also had some problems with Virginia's lowpost double-teams and probably shot too quickly on a couple of occasions.
"There were a few times where I made a few turnovers," he said. "I took a few bad shots that hurt us... I have to do better on that side of the ball.
"I just want to win really. Even against Virginia, I had a little bit of success, but when we go back, we lose the game. That's what people remember. We lost 61-51. I just really want to win."
With that being said, State needed his aggressiveness. Cat Barber and Trevor Lacey were struggling to create offense, and Ralston Turner was held scoreless over the final 20 minutes.
Washington was pleased with his team's effort, despite the loss.
"It will help us that we played in Charlottesville and grew stronger as a unit," he said. "Hopefully we see them again. We didn't even play that well in the first half, and it was still a one-point game."
Yes, NC State (11-5, 2-1 ACC) will see Virginia again, but now they must turn their attention to No.2 Duke. The undefeated Blue Devils are coming off a 73-65 win at Wake Forest, and freshman center Jahlil Okafor is arguably the top player in the country. Washington will spend some time defending the Duke big man.
"He's a good player," Washington said of Okafor. "He has great footwork. He uses his hands and his size to really get position. I know it's going to be a tough battle.
"I've never played him before, but I've heard it and I've seen it. He's a good player. He's highly-touted, but we'll come to play. It's going to be a fun game."
But, Washington added that Duke isn't just Okafor. The Blue Devils are loaded with quality players and NC State will certainly have their hands full.
"All of their players are good," he said. "Coach K... No. 2 in the nation. They are undefeated. We know we have work ahead of us.
"The whole team is a challenge. We put on the jersey to play against the best players and play against the best competition. We're not going to worry about who we play against necessarily. We just want to go out and play hard, and we'll see what happens."