San Jose State star guard Richard Washington has been suspended for the upcoming season by the NCAA, he told Stadium's Jeff Goodman.
Washington, who averaged 19.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 2020-21, has been punished because he signed with a non-certified agent and later played in a 3-on-3 event in Indianapolis.
The fact that San Jose State head coach Jean Prioleau was fired and the school did not have a compliance director in place might have also played a role in Washington's decisions. He eventually withdrew from the NBA Draft, but the NCAA ruled Washington's actions compromised his eligibility.
“I made a mistake, but there was no one to educate me on the draft process,” Washington told Goodman. "I had no guidance. … I feel like the NCAA doesn’t care about who I am as a person. I’m just a piece of paper to them.”
Washington will reportedly remain in school at SJSU while he appeals the NCAA's decision. Hopefully, the organization elects to reduce the suspension.
On the surface, this seems like a classic case of a player who got caught up in something with no ill intent, yet is being punished harshly for it.