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P.J. Washington’s NBA Combine Numbers Decline


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.

Pre-UK Pro Day NBA Combine
Lane Agility 10.87 11.39
Shuttle Run 3.02 3.42
3/4 Sprint 3.34 3.2
Standing Vertical 35.5″ 27″
Max Vertical 43″ 34″

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.

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 responses to “P.J. Washington’s NBA Combine Numbers Decline”

  1. unbridled

    How are these guys losing so much on their vertical jump?

  2. chris43

    He needs to come back to UK for another season. He has great potential. The 34″ vertical along with how he has the tendency to pull the ball down to chest/shoulder level after getting a rebound explains why he was blocked/deflected quite a bit in the post. Now he did draw some fouls doing so but if the ball was higher would have quite possible lead to more “and 1’s”. Simply put…he’s young and needs to develop. There’s no shame in that! Come back for a year…show it on the court…become a millionaire lottery pick.

  3. BPatte

    Hate it for him but probably shows he needs another year at UK!

    1. Cletis75

      Would love to see this young man come back with a chip on his shoulder. This could be the motivation he needs to improve his overall game. I saw lots of potential last season in spurts. If he can put the pieces together he could be dominant in the form of a Corliss Williamson or Chuck Hayes.

  4. binarysolo

    I’m wondering if the busy schedule of traveling and meeting with teams cuts into their condititioning significant enough for these numbers to drop. Around the time of Pro Day these guys can focus on working out every day.

  5. John Henry

    Riding a bus in the G League may prepare him for the NBA

  6. Rowinguy1

    I’ve got to believe the vertical results at UK’s pro day were written down wrong. No way did he have a 43″ vertical

  7. BBNDan7

    His scrimmage was impressive though

  8. sp

    You mean his UK pro-day numbers were a tad bit inflated? No Way!

    1. TBW3011

      They usually aren’t. You can compare other guys past results.

  9. TBW3011

    I like how everyone is knocking his measurables and ignoring the part where he did well in an actual basketball game. Lol. Get your rulers out while the guys who can actually play beat you by 30.

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      Didn’t he get 13 and 12, but still shot 60% from FT?

    2. michaelb

      Analytics ruining actual basketball lol . In football they say it’s not about the x’s & o’s it’s about the Willie’s & joes

  10. Megan

    I wouldn’t call 6 for 10 “knocking down his free throws.” That’s generous. Sixty percent is nothing to be proud of.