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If P.J. Washington is a first round pick he will stay in the draft


P.J. Washington’s father, Paul Washington Sr., told Fletcher Page of the Courier Journal that if P.J. is promised to be picked in the first round of the NBA Draft it will make his son’s decision easy.

He will stay in the draft. But even if Washington isn’t promised a first round spot there’s no guarantee he will return to Kentucky for a sophomore season.

“It’s real simple — if he’s guaranteed a first round pick, then he’ll stay in the draft,” Paul Washington said. “If he doesn’t get that, we’ll have to make a decision. It’s PJ’s decision. Now, if he doesn’t get a first-round guarantee and a team says he’ll be an early second round pick, then PJ might say he wants to do that. That’s his decision as well. But the easiest thing is if he gets a guarantee in writing that he’ll go in the first round.”

The entire article from Page can be found here and it’s worth the read. Washington has worked out for the Celtics and Nets and will work out for the Clippers this week before meeting with the Bucks and Timberwolves. After those meetings and workouts Washington will head to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago next week.

The Texas native byway of Findlay Prep in Nevada averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds during his freshman season at UK. Washington would be one of the favorites for SEC Player of the Season if he returned for a sophomore season but if one team falls in love with Washington it sounds like he won’t be back.

“Mentally, physically and what can he do at the next level and at what position,” Washington Sr. told me back in March after the season. “It will have to be the right spot, just like why we picked UK. Hopefully it will be the right team. Everybody gets all caught up on the draft board. Only one team is going to draft him. That’s it. Can he make a team? Can he make another team better? He’s a winning basketball player so I think he does.”

You mix that quote in with Page’s latest and it may not seem to be great for Washington. Currently Washington isn’t projected in the first round, but that can always change.

Here are the (current) NBA Draft picks for the team’s that have/will met with Washington:

Celtics: 27th pick.

Nets: 29th pick, 40th pick (second round), 45th pick (second round).

Clippers: 12th and 13th pick.

Bucks: 17th pick.

Timberwolves: 20th pick, 48th pick (second round).

Obviously some of these draft orders may change with trades and whatnot, but it seems like the Celtics and Nets are the big concerns. Surely Washington wouldn’t leave with a promised pick in the 40s, right?

 

 

Article written by TJ Walker

58 responses to “If P.J. Washington is a first round pick he will stay in the draft”

  1. Realme

    Do teams do WRITTEN guarantees? I had no idea.

    1. callitlikeiseeit

      Why would any team give a written guarantee, especially to someone who may not even make the league. If a trade was proposed draft night they would have to not do it, BS. Maybe a top prospect could get a guarantee because if I have a top 10 pick and trade I would likely still have a 1st rounder as part of the deal. No way anyone is giving this tweener a written guarantee. No I am not a U6 fan just being real.

  2. maximumscott

    Clearly, PJ has no real interest in returning.

    1. Booby Petrino

      None of them really want to be in college if they can be in the pros making 7 figures. Or even 6 figures.

    2. Wade

      Would you go back to your old job that’s work and no pay or move on to a company offering millions. It’s a no brainer!

    3. maximumscott

      Wade, im confused what guarantee of millions does PJ have?

    4. Wade

      Euro league still pays also and nba and contracts are given to first rounders…lots of options than school! Maybe he comes back and earns a guarantee

    5. Wade

      I said offering millions don’t twist it as a guarantee

    6. bruce122767

      I went to school at UK and I never saw the poor basketball player that we hear so much about. They had nice vehicles, nice clothing and alot of jewelry. If their family is poor they get pell grants which gives them walking around money since bball scholarship pays all school costs.

    7. TBW3011

      Who’s offering him millions? I think that’s the point being missed.

    8. bosch8184

      They are called “Internships.”

      Lots of kids take unpaid internships in their chosen fields in the summer rather than flipping hamburgers…because that’s how they make more money later on.

    9. satcheluk

      No such thing as unpaid internships anymore. It’s been almost 5 years since they were deemed in violation of minimum wage laws.

    10. ClutchCargo

      They work internships because they can’t go straight to that higher paying job right now. Try to pay attention.

    11. gobble gobble

      Seems like maximumtool is a little butt hurt about P.J.

  3. nadroj

    The Celtics could be a real worry. PJ is their kind of player (tough, long, high motor), and the GM (Danny Ainge) is known to be a bit of a maverick on his choices, taking players that aren’t necessarily the consensus choice at that spot. If PJ decides to stay in the draft, that would be my bet for his landing spot.

    1. maximumscott

      Hahaha. Thats laughable. There not gonna waste a 1st round on a 6-7, 6-8 Undersized PF who cant shoot from the perimeter. He will drop to 40s in the 2nd round probably to the Nets.

    2. TBW3011

      I agree with you, but I bet he isn’t the 6-7 or 6-8 you mentioned.

    3. ClutchCargo

      A guy his size has to be able to shoot reliably or be a bulldog on defense and on the boards.
      Washington has a lot of potential and will be really good. But there is not one NBA roster he could improve next season, with his size and current skill level. Hopefully someone is honest with him and tells him he should stay in school.

    4. nadroj

      I said that IF he stays, I bet he goes to the Celtics. That’s because if he stays, it’s likely because he got word from some team in the late first/early second round that they’d pick him. And if he got that word, my bet is that it was from Boston. They like players like him, and have recently drafted players who had suspect jumpers and were not necessarily predicted to go that high — Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown jump to mind. I don’t know if it’s a good idea for them to draft PJ — I’m no draft analyst and don’t know who else might be available at 27. But I do know that teams VERY OFTEN draft players in that range who likely won’t improve the roster for a good couple of years. PJ is the kind of player you might take a flier on — he’s got abnormally long arms, he might work well in small ball lineups and be a poor man’s Draymond. Who knows, maybe he develops that jumper and really becomes something special. I don’t think it’s all that crazy.

  4. bosch8184

    Great. Super excited about Nick Richards and whatever freshman will struggle until February.

    At least we have SKJ returning to provide some leadership though. Opps….

    1. Wade

      Be optimistic our roster isn’t official yet, could be pretty great . green Hagans ,Baker Herro maxey, Keldon wenyen, vando pj or a transfer , ej and Richards. I like it and more to come like wiseman if reclassifies and joins a super class and skj being a leader is laughable. I like the kid but just bc your going to be a junior doesn’t make you a leader. Hell brad can lead the team then…at least he can do one thing well and that’s shoot and he knows the system front to back.if you noticed I didn’t even list brad in the lineup. he will play but that just tells you what it’s like to be a junior at uk these days and he’s the coaches son.

    2. Ez21

      He won’t play regardless if Maxey is 2018 or 19. Who is it u think he will play over? Baker, Herro, or the other good guards we have. He will play? Ya, at the end of blowouts that’s it.

  5. playmorezeppelin

    If PJ Washington is a first round draft pick, so am I.

    1. Wade

      If pj hit those free throws you wouldn’t say that… I’m still pissed but wish the kid luck I think he has a lot of potential and That’s what people draft on. Like him better than diallo.

    2. callitlikeiseeit

      Compare him to Diallo is easy to say. I would take almost anyone over Diallo. All he can do is jump, PERIOD. Maybe he can be a kangaroo.

    3. Wade

      Diallo is mentioned ahead of pj

    4. henderblue

      You couldn’t guard him.

    5. callitlikeiseeit

      That should tell PJ all he needs to know. If they think more of Diallo, dude has no basketball skill, then me I know I would go back. Like another on here said T Jones was way better than PJ and he is gone even though he played for Cal 2 years. Who is telling these kids/young men to go? None are ready, Knox I get it since some stupid team is probably picking him top 15 or so, same with Shai, but all others what are you thinking?

    6. Luether

      Wade, let’s see YOU hit FTs with a broken pinky finger on your non-shooting hand…

    7. Wade

      Pinky doesn’t affect a free throw shot that guy shoots a low percentage anyway he isn’t that good in that category but getting better that’s why people draft on potential bc he can’t get worse in that area. I actually play ball.

  6. playmorezeppelin

    If frogs had wings they’d get all the bird pu**y.

  7. Swizzle

    Let’s just get the transfer kid and tell these bums peace out.

  8. gwhittle

    I love PJ, but I don’t understand how a 6’7″ PF who can’t shoot is generating much interest from NBA scouts. Maybe I’m just biased because I want him back.

  9. bluecrowe

    They need to be looking at this as how soon do I want to be an assistant PE teacher. If you are not ready as Diallo, Vanderbilt and Washington surely are not, for the next level then you are setting yourself up for failure by declaring after 5 months. You will be in Greece or the G League and headed off the radar of the NBA. If you go to the league as a more polished and mature player you are doing yourself a favor. Has anyone ever had an honest discussion with any of these kids about their actual skill set vs what is expected of them as NBA players??>>?!!!!

  10. bigblue2284

    Washington is Jared sullinger 2.0 but not as good. Said it earlier if Terrence Jones can’t make it in the NBA neither can Washington.

    1. Cmart0907

      Terrence Jones is 10x better than P.J. Seems like P.J. don’t wanna come back.

    2. Sentient Third Eye

      The thing with PJ is we still don’t know how good he is. We only got to see glimpses of the player he can be. And the NBA GMs have only seen those same glimpses. They won’t want to risk a 1st round pick on an unknown quantity.

      Given a choice between PJ and Diallo, at least Diallo’s historic-level athleticism is a known, measured quantity. PJ hasn’t even shown that much.

  11. TBW3011

    It’s real simple. He won’t be. NBA teams aren’t looking for 6’6 power forwards.

  12. bigblue98

    Why do parents feel a necessity to speak on behalf of their kids? His father is speaking in circles – he will definitely leave if he’s a first round pick but may leave even if not taken until 2nd round. However it’s his decision on what he wants to do. Why not let his son speak his own mind? I would like for once to see the parents stay in the background instead of talking in the media.

    1. Soylentbeans

      I mean there are hundreds of fans on this website alone that think they know what these guys are doing and speak for them so why shouldn’t parents.

  13. gasman01

    G league for sure. I don’t understand what these kids are thinking.

  14. bluecrowe

    Sometimes it is okay to just be a good college basketball player. For many of these kids their desire for the NBA is similar to my desire to have played at UK. I would have loved it! It would have been a dream come true, but quite frankly I did not have the ability. I think the problem is many of them have been fantasizing about the NBA lifestyle since they first realized they had some size and athletic ability. They start dreaming of the women, the cars, the jewelry, the houses, and picking up tabs at dinner for all their friends and family at 15 years old. The problem is there are very few professional basketball openings in the NBA.

  15. gasman01

    I truly miss the old days when kids dreamed of playing for UK. Now it’s just a means to the NBA.

    1. henderblue

      The old days are history.

    2. Sentient Third Eye

      We do at least get the occasional kid who dreams of playing for UK as a means to the NBA.

  16. chris43

    He showed flashes near the end of the season. He def needs one more year of college. He’s by no means ready for the NBA. Let’s face it….he’s 6’7 which means he’s not really big enough for the post but he doesn’t have an outside shot much less a reliable 3 therefore he wouldn’t be able to play the 3 or a stretch 4. I really hope that he comes back. No hard feelings whatsoever and it’s 100% his decision BUT I’d put down $$$ that he ends up being in the D league.

  17. henderblue

    Referring to callitlikeicantseeit ^^^

  18. King_tucky

    Go call it around louisville fans then. It ain’t that ur wrong. But don’t come on here like ur just doing everyone a favor by being real. Ur a troll who is looking to get digs in. If he don’t go, then U6 gets to deal with him again. Which is what u really want

  19. CoachCat

    Bottom line is PJ is replaceable.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      If we can get Washington and Vanderbilt back with the guards coming in, just mail us the trophy. Without a strong inside game to match with the guards, we’ll have to live or die from outside. Not a recipe to win a title.

  20. Al B. Frank

    No mention on KSR of former UK pitcher James Paxton throwing a no-hitter in the MLB for Seattle last night?

    1. Al B. Frank

      Nevermind. I see it now.

  21. Wade

    So are these kids failures for playing basketball for a career at any level. Lots of haters not understanding what these kids are thinking and that’s more intriguing than being in school. They can practice basketball all day. And for 18 year old that sounds amazing and it will open chances if your grinding.id like to play in Greece for 6 figures than make a league minimum in nba playing somewhere like Utah. None of us have that opportunity on here we love our cats and want people to love it as much as we do but it’s a business at our school and that’s the truth. I miss Darius miller our last hometown senior player got a champ and all but if he was on radar to be a first rounder he’d choose that over 4 yrs at uk bc that’s the ultimate dream to get paid to play ball. Bet he loved it in Germany as much as with New Orleans nba is just the gold standard.

  22. Sentient Third Eye

    Coming back would make a lot of financial sense for PJ given the great guards we’re going to have next year. They have to throw the ball inside to someone, and it might as well be PJ, right? Our backcourt could elevate several guys in our frontcourt to lottery status.

  23. Charlie Waite

    Well, if that’s the case, he will be back. He will not get drafted in either round…anyone trying to convince him that he will, is doing the kid a grave injustice. Or, maybe he is just trying to convince himself.

  24. RC

    Here’s the challenge of this gamble- Most of the teams drafting end of the 1st round are playoff teams (with exception of Nets, Hawks, Lakers, Bulls). Late picks on playoff teams spend a lot of time in the G League and don’t get much run in the NBA. Late picks also don’t make much money, so you have to earn a 2nd contract to feel secure.

    However, it’s hard to earn a 2nd contract in the NBA if you don’t play much in the NBA. Ask James Young. And without an immediate NBA skill there’s no guarantee that PJ gets much playing time with a bad team like the Nets or Hawks.

    This strategy is a horrible idea and will probably end badly. Good luck.

  25. bigbluehank

    Can’t blame a kid for wanting to earn money in the Association. But these discussions and situations have become all too commonplace with Cal’s minor league team.

  26. Kat4Life

    None of us should be remotely offended by any of these comments from his dad……it’s the by-product of running a “player first program”. PJ is here to do one thing and one thing only, to improve his chances of playing in the NBA. UK’s needs, opportunities, dependencies, etc are not even in his decision criteria. He needs our practice facilities, the chance to hone his skills against A+ competition in practice, the huge national stage UK plays on, and the contacts and relationships the UK staff has with agents, teams, NBA scouts, etc………said another way, thank you very much Kentucky fans, when we are through with you and your program we’ll let you know. In the meantime, step aside…….we’ve got this.