Washington: "I Will Always Love NC State"

NC State sustained a big loss on Wednesday when sophomore forward Kyle Washington confirmed that he will be transferring from the program.

NC State sustained a big loss on Wednesday when sophomore Kyle Washington confirmed that he will be transferring from the program.

Washington, who returned to his home in Minnesota late last night with his family, seemed confident in his decision.

"I just felt like the team was going in a different direction," he stated. "I will always love NC State for the dedicated fans, the academic standards, and Raleigh in general, but this was the best decision for my family and I."

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward averaged 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game last season while starting 18 games. He averaged 17.8 minutes per game and his playing time fluctuated late in the year after being a regular in the rotation early on.

He played over 15 minutes in just one of the last 11 games (@ Boston College) and didn't play in two contests (Virginia Tech, Clemson).

"It was hard because I love the game so much," said Washington. "I also know nothing valuable is easy... adversity is the fuel that powers greatness or it can lull you into a pit of defeat and self-doubt.

"I just want all my true supporters to know that while I was in Red and White I competed and went extremely hard every time out. When I didn't play as much I tried to learn from my mistakes and get better for my team. I don't regret my decision to attend NC State because I learned so much."

Washington added that he informed NC State head coach Mark Gottfried of his decision prior to leaving Raleigh.

"I don't think he expected me to ask for my release," he said of Gottfried. "I told him thanks for offering me an incredible opportunity to play for a school with such a great history. I hope everybody understands that I appreciated all the support from my teammates, alumni, and fans."

It is still early in the process, but Washington should be a hot commodity.

Offensively, he's a skilled big man who shot 47% from the field, 54% from 3-point range, and 72% from the free throw line. His ability to space the floor and shoot from the perimeter could be a valuable asset.

With that being said, he pointed out that he's yet to start looking at any particular schools but knows what he will be looking for.

"I'm open to everyone right now," he said. "I just want to find the school that best fits me. I want to play for a team that can compete at a high level versus good teams. A team that can compete deep into March... a team that I can help with my attributes as a player and a person.

"I'm all about winning. By playing in the NCAA tournament as a freshman I told myself that I wanted to play deep into March ever since then. The Sweet Sixteen was great and our team should be very proud of the adversity we overcame to make such a run, but I want to know what a Final Four feels like."

It's obvious that Washington will miss NC State while attending a new school next year.

"I will miss the fans," he said. "They are so passionate and supportive. They always backed the two teams I was a part of no matter what.

"My teammates are going to be missed the most. How close we looked is how close we actually are. The PNC was an ecstatic building to play in, sold out crowds versus the Dukes of the world were thoroughly enjoyed by me, and I will remember games like that forever. The city of Raleigh, it was a location that became a home to me... where I felt true serenity."

Due to NCAA rules, Washington must sit out the 2015-2016 season, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining.


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