"I'm trying to play at the next level," Washburn said. "The more NBA exposure you get over here, the higher your stock goes overseas. The better you perform in workouts, the more people see you, the more workouts you get. Hopefully what I did here today spreads around the league. A lot of teams want to know how I did here today."
So, how did Washburn do?
"He didn't back down," said Jazz director of scouting Walt Perrin. "He played hard and was physical. He listened to the coaches, understood what was going on, and he gave it his all."
Washburn has never been short on enthusiasm. But during his first three seasons at Utah, he fell short of expectations. However, in his senior year, under the guidance of head coach Larry Krystkowiak, Washburn's game blossomed. The 7-footer averaged 11.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.
"I think anyone who has watched me knows that my biggest strength is on the block," Washburn said. "I have a lot of confidence down there. I know that there are bigger and stronger defenders in the [NBA], but I've gone up against bigger and stronger people my whole life. I'm not intimidated by shot blockers and by length. So, I feel like I can score on anyone down there. I'm not trying to say I'm the best of the best, but that's where I have my confidence."
So while Washburn knows a career in the NBA is a long shot, he doesn't want his basketball career to end just yet.
"I love this game," he said. "Obviously, I'd love to play in the states and play in front of my family. But, wherever I end up playing is wherever I end up playing, and I'm going to enjoy myself and do my best."