Washington chose Kentucky over a final group that also included Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, LSU and Oregon. Arizona was considered to be Kentucky’s biggest competition for Washington, who decommitted from Creighton on March 11 and reopened his recruitment.
“There is a big challenge at Kentucky for playing time and a leadership role,” Washington told ESPN. “I always liked a challenge. The first time I spoke to Coach Cal, he said if you are not willing to bet on yourself, this is not the place for you. I have always been a big believer in myself no matter what. The belief comes from my parents, coaches, family and the work I put in, especially when times weren’t good.”