It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for all of Kentucky’s basketball players, but maybe no one more so than P.J. Washington. Since the season ended, Washington has been busy finishing up classes, rehabbing his injured foot, declaring for the draft, and of course, taking part in a statewide autograph tour.
The autograph tour wrapped up last night at KSBar in Lexington, but Washington’s most memorable stop occurred earlier in the trip. That’s because on yesterday’s episode of KSR’s “Aaron Torres Sports Podcast,” Washington was the guest, and shared a story of the single strangest thing that happened on the autograph tour.
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And trust us, it’s weird.
“There was this one item that I signed,” he said. “I think it was like a [real] wildcat. It was like dead, or something. It was the weirdest thing I’ve seen so far.”
The comment caught Aaron off-guard, to the point that he had to ask the question everyone was wondering: So, was like the wildcat stuffed, or well, how exactly did that work?
“I think it was stuffed,” Washington said. “I was kind of shocked. I’ve never seen anything like it. Signing it was kind of weird.”
In addition to the strange encounter with an actual wildcat, Washington also discussed this past season, and specifically his emergence from “struggling star” early, to “one of the best players in college basketball” by March. Washington admitted that the season didn’t start off as planned, and that he was tentative early on in the process. However, he did eventually hit his groove.
The turning point came in a home game against Mississippi State, where Washington went for 21 points, six rebounds and four blocks. And from there, he never looked back.
“Once I played good that game, after that it was just kind of kept going from there,” Washington said. “After that game, I kind of bought into ‘I’m going to be this guy every night. I’m going to work my butt off in practice. Just trying to lead by example.’ I was just trying to be a leader for my teammates. After that it all just kind of took a good turn I would say.”
It certainly did, as Washington led the Wildcats to another 30-win season and to the Elite Eight.
From there Aaron also chats with P.J. about the status of his injured foot, what NBA teams are telling him about the draft process, and what his thoughts on next year’s team are.
To download the entire interview, please click here.