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PJ Washington Makes it Clear on what he’s Looking for at the Combine


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PJ Washington Says he will Return to Kentucky if he’s a Second Round Pick

Kentucky freshman forward PJ Washington was among the standouts during the opening day of the NBA Draft combine in Chicago (IL.).


Washington was one of the best performers from the five-on-five scrimmage. The 6-foot-8 forward finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.


Related: Media Speculation is Frustrating Washington’s Father


The one thing that was surprising is his max vertical leap. At the UK combine last fall, Washington posted a 43-inch vertical. However, that dipped all the way to 34 inches at the combine on Thursday. Meanwhile, his standing vertical leap is 27 inches.


As for measurements, Washington measured at 6-foot-8, 223-pounds. He also has a standing reach of 8’11” and a 7’2.5″ wingspan. The UK forwards body fat percentage is 6.85 percent.


Washington reiterated his fathers message that he will bolt for the NBA if he receives a guaranteed first round pick. On the other hand, he will return to Kentucky if he’s a second round pick.



“If I get a second round guarantee I’m definitely going back to school,” said Washington in an interview with WKYT. “Right now if it’s first round I believe I should take it, if it’s second round I believe I should come back. That’s pretty much what I talked to Cal about at the end of the year in our meeting.”


Washington also acknowledged that he does need surgery on his injured pinky finger, which occurred during practice in January.


“I’ve been playing with it since January – I just kind of go with the flow. Just gotta take some pain pills and go out there and play – I’ll be alright.”


Related: Washington has a Message for Everyone Offering their Opinion about his Future


The way Washington performed on the opening day of the combine, it wouldn’t be surprising if he hears positive messages from NBA teams. He will most definitely be invited to work out for a couple of teams and if one gives him a guarantee close to the first round, it could be tempting to make the jump.


Washington will have until May 30th to make his final decision about his future.




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