P.J. Washington needed an excellent showing at this weekend’s NBA Combine to solidify a selection in this year’s draft. After one day of testing, most of his numbers are worse than what he posted when he first got to UK’s campus last summer.
When the Kentucky basketball team arrives on campus, each player is tested in the combine drills. The UK Pro Day in October should be a barometer for the player’s early progress. Washington did not participate in most of the drill’s at UK’s Pro Day, but his initial numbers were released after the event. There’s only one NBA Combine time better than what he posted lasted summer.
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Washington’s three-quarter court sprint was faster today, but that’s it. His vertical leap dramatically decreased by almost nine inches in each category. Some people just have bad days, but that does not explain these differences.
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) May 17, 2018
However in the scrimmage portion of the combine, Washington performed well. He turned an offensive rebound on a missed free throw into points, he ran the floor and even knocked down his free throws. Washington didn’t show off an extended range, missing an open look from the short corner, but he attacked the rim and played physical to finish with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals in 19 minutes.
After one day at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Washington produced mixed results.