USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
  • Announced as participating in the 2016 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team October minicamp on Sept. 22, 2016.
  • Member of the 2016 USA Men's U18 National Team that won a gold medal with a 5-0 record at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile; the top four finish qualified the USA for the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship; started in all five games and averaged 10.0 ppg. and 4.0 rpg.
  • Represented the United States at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship June 4-7, 2015, in Debrecen, Hungary. USA finished 4-3 and in eighth place after losing two overtime games in preliminary round play and falling 20-18 to France in the medal round quarterfinals.
  • Teamed up with Zach Collins, Jalek Felton and Peyton Pritchard on Stars, which won the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 National Tournament and represented USA Basketball at the 2015 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship June 4-7 in Debrecen, Hungary.
  • Participated in the 2014 USA Basketball Junior National Team mini-camp in October.

High School Honors

  • All-Peach Jam third team (2014). 

High School Notes

  • Attends Findlay College Prep (Nev.), where in 2014-15 he helped his team to a 29-3 record and a No. 4 ranking in the nation; started all 32 games and averaged 10.0 ppg. and 7.0 rpg.
  • Played for Prime Prep Academy (Texas) as a freshman in 2013-14 and averaged 8.0 ppg. and 5.0 rpg. as Prime Prep captured the 2014 Texas Christian Athletic League championship and finished the season with a 30-5 record.
  • Also plays football and competes in track and field.

Personal Notes

  • Son of Sherry and Paul Washington. Has two brothers, Spencer Washington and Tyler Wright, and one sister, Alexandria Washington.
  • Born in Louisville, Kentucky, and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Has been on his school’s honor roll as a freshman and sophomore.
  • Both parents played basketball at Middle Tennessee State.
  • Full named is Paul Jamaine Washington Jr., but goes by P.J.

The Inside Scoop

  • Enjoys 3x3 basketball because of the teamwork involved.
  • Started playing basketball when he was in second grade.
  • Favorite USA Men’s National Team player: Kevin Durant.
  • Plans on studying business in college.
  • Favorite Twitter account: @USABasketball
  • Favorite superhero: The Incredible Hulk.
  • Has a male shih tzu/Chihuahua mix named Max.
  • Favorite sport aside from basketball: football.
  • Favorite class: math.
  • Favorite basketball player of all time: Kobe Bryant.
  • Favorite Olympian: Kevin Durant.
  • Best player ever faced: LeBron James.
  • Enjoys: playing video games.
  • Has traveled outside the United States to: Hungary with the 2015 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team.
  • Instagram: @DJ_Washington
  • Twitter: @PJwashington_25
  • Snapchat: @swaggyPJ25

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