“It was definitely the controversy,” Washington told The Athletic. “I really wanted to attend Creighton. It felt like the situation and the plan that Coach McDermott had for me were really good. So it was kind of heartbreaking when I found out what he was saying. I just felt like in the day and age we live – a cop just killed another young black man for no reason – he said something like that, it’s just not right. “
Washington, who starred at AZ Compass Prep in Chandler, Arizona, is number 30 overall and number 3 in the 2021 class according to 247Sports Composite, and withdrew on March 11, nine days after McDermott said he remembered telling his players after a heavy loss at the end of February: “Guys, we have to stick together. We need both feet. I need everyone to stay on the plantation. I can’t let anyone leave the plantation. “
Washington, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder who averaged 24 points, seven assists, and six rebounds for the 30-2 Compass Prep team, has gotten feelers from other schools, his father told the Athletic. He listed UCLA, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Texas Tech, Oregon, Texas A&M, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Kentucky as interested schools.