Richard Washington is no stranger to basketball at the highest level. During Washington’s high school tenure at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg, Va., he became a consensus 3-star recruit and was widely considered a top-30 small forward in the recruiting class of 2016. He was a two-time all-state performer who scored 1,432 points over his junior and senior campaigns. He became the first Walsingham product to play basketball in the ACC when he committed to Wake Forest. Injuries prevented him from reaching his full potential with the Demon Deacons. He appeared in just eight games for Coach Danny Manning over two seasons. After a stop at Tallahassee Community College, he concluded his college hoops career at San Jose State, where he blossomed. As a two-year starter during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons with the Spartans, he contributed 13.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per outing while knocking down 102 of 302 three-point tries (33.8%). During that final season with SJSU, he led the Mountain West Conference in scoring, tallying 19.5 PPG in 16 games, and posted three games with at least 30 points, including a 38-point outburst against Fresno Pacific in the season opener. Richard Washington goes by “Zen Man” off the SlamBall court but is poised to be a force on it.