June 20, 2019Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
July 3, 2019Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets
It can be difficult for first-year players to stand out at Kentucky. Coach John Calipari is not shy about attracting big groups of top recruits. Washington was among a class of Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He had a solid freshman season with averages of 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. He closed the season by scoring in double digits in six straight games, including a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Arkansas. Washington was even better in the NCAA Tournament with 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds as the Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16. The forward had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the loss to Kansas State. Following the season, he had surgery on his pinkie finger. Washington was the Wildcats' best player as a sophomore. He averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. He had nine double-doubles and scored a career-high 29 points with 12 rebounds in a December loss to Seton Hall. Washington concluded his Kentucky career by putting up 28 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to Auburn in the 2019 Big Dance. After dipping his toe into the NBA water before returning for his sophomore season, the forward dove into the NBA pond and made himself eligible for the 2019 draft.