Two days before St. Raymond's was set to play New York Catholic league rival Bishop Loughlin on January 13, Isaiah Washington called up Carmelo Anthony and let him know about the game.
Sure enough, when game day arrived, Anthony turned up at the St. Raymond's gym along with fellow Knicks Brandon Jennings and Kyle O'Quinn and rising Def Jam recording artist Dave East.
"I had spoke to Melo and another good friend that knows Melo and they said they was going to come through," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Washington told SNY.tv by phone.
The trio of Knicks then watched as the Minnesota-bound Washington went off for a triple-double of 29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as St. Raymond's prevailed, 85-84, in a game that was marred by St. Raymond's guard Dallas Watson going down with a broken wrist. The Knicks remained in the building throughout the 32-minute injury delay mainly to watch Washington.
"Everybody was excited because nobody ever got a chance to play in front of an NBA player and once they came, they just felt like they had to put on a show," Washington said.
St. Raymond's coach Jorge Lopez has gotten used to his star point guard attracting attention, even from pros like Anthony.
"Washington's been quite an attraction this year for us," Lopez said.
Washington will be one of four elite point guards -- and arguably the most electric -- on display this weekend in the SNY Invitational at City College of New York's Nat Holman Gymnasium.
The two-day tournament gets underway on Friday at 6 p.m. with a matchup featuring Washington and St. Raymond's against Howard-bound point guard R.J. Cole and St. Anthony's, the reigning New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner.
At 8 p.m., uncommitted junior point guard Demetre Roberts and Mount Vernon take on Georgia Tech signee Jose Alvarado and Christ the King. The championship game will be held Saturday at 4 p.m., immediately following the 2 p.m. consolation game. For ticket information, visit SNYInvitational.com.
Washington and Alvarado, who is dedicating this season to his late grandmother, should be among the favorites to win Mr. Basketball in New York State this year.
"I think you got the two best players in the state, honestly, point-guard-wise with Jose and Isaiah," Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said. "All four of them are different. Jose is a real aggressive, defensive, pass-first point guard. He'll do anything to win. I think Isaiah's a guy that can get in the lane and wow the crowd. The kid Cole can shoot it, he can get shots off. And the other kid [Roberts], he can really, really shoot it. So I think you have [four] different styles, I think it'll make for a fun event."
Washington is the leader of the "Jellyfam," a group of players who got the nickname because of their ability to score in unique ways.
He goes by @Jellyfam_Dimes on Twitter and is the first athlete to hit one million views on the Overtime social media platform. That group includes Washington, Leondre Washington, Jordan Walker, Jahvon Quinerly, Sid Wilson and Milicia Reid, the only female member of the group.
"In order to be in Jellyfam, you gotta do three jellys on somebody in one game," Washington said after leading the New York Upperclassmen to a 103-92 victory over the New Jersey Upperclassmen in the Sharette Dixon Classic at Gauchos Gym back in October. "A jelly's a finger roll."
He added: "If the people complete the task, then they could be in the jellyfam"
If the two New York City teams find a way to win on Friday, fans could be treated to a Washington-Alvarado matchup in Saturday's championship game.
"It's going to be a fun matchup," Lopez said. "Those two guys have been going at it since freshman year. I hope we advance to the championship game. It would be fun to watch Isaiah Washington and Jose go at it in prime time. Those guys have been battling it out throughout their careers and they are the two best candidates for Player of the Year in the state of New York."
As for whether the Knicks' Anthony might show up if St. Raymond's advances to the final, Washington says it's always possible.
"If I just ask him to come and he got time to come," Washington said, "I'm sure he'll come."
PREVIOUS SNY INVITATIONAL WINNERS
2008 - Lincoln
2009 - Mount Vernon
2010 - Rice
2011 - St. Anthony's
2012 - Not held
2013 - St. Anthony's
2014 - Bishop Loughlin
2015 - Cardozo
2016 - Cardozo