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Guessing Game: Who will be first to announce?

PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel have until 11:59 pm Wednesday night to return to Kentucky if they intend to maintain their collegiate eligibility. We’re now two and a half days from that deadline (after what has seemed like an eternity of waiting) and we still don’t know exactly when each player will announce their decision or what those decisions will be when it’s all said and done.

We do know PJ Washington plans to wait until the very end. He will continue to chat with NBA teams today and tomorrow, he said, and his father confirmed last week that May 30 would be the day his son announces his final decision. It sounds like we could be in for a repeat of last year’s Decision Day when Hamidou Diallo waited until the final minutes to decide and submit his paperwork (although he later admitted to KSR he was late turning it all in and nearly lost his eligibility over it).

But what about Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel? Things have been quiet around them regarding their timetables.

In my opinion, Gabriel would be wise to wait to see what Vanderbilt and Washington do. If both return, it might be in his best interest to go ahead and start making money however he can. But if both were to leave for the NBA, it would open up a huge opportunity for Gabriel to be one of the main contributors in Kentucky’s frontcourt next season. If I were him, I would hold off until I know what the others are doing.

Then there is Jarred Vanderbilt, the quietest of the three. Vanderbilt hasn’t been able to work out for NBA teams throughout the entire process, so it’s odd he still hasn’t made a decision because he doesn’t have a ton of new feedback to receive from the league. Many (if not all) fans are wondering why he’s even considering a departure in the first place, so it would seem that his decision is the easiest of the three and his mind will be the first to be made.

The catch here is all three are eager to go, so they’re waiting for anything to tell them to go. But the clock is ticking, and if they haven’t gotten confirmation by now, they’re probably not getting it this late in the game.

It’s crazy they’re all so unpredictable, but the news could come out anytime, finally.

My guess is we hear from Vanderbilt first, but I don’t know any more than you do.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

3 Comments for Guessing Game: Who will be first to announce?



  1. Kat4Life
    6:50 pm May 28, 2018 Permalink

    I honestly believe Washington and Vanderbilt both return, causing Gabriel to test the pro options, probably overseas. The fact that Vanderbilt is returning may or may not indicate he’ll be healthy enough to play 30+ games, but no pro team will roll dice on him given his lack of floor time.

    Next year will be a 8-9 man rotation at a minimum…..bordering on “platoon time” again. Cal really stacked his backcourt, and will have to play at least 4 of them pretty regularly (Green, Quickley, Hagans, Hero)……and down low it will be a positionless embarrassment of riches, as Washington, Montgomery, Vanderbilt, and Richards provide a strong inside presence. The final ingredient…..the X-factor if you will, is alpha-dog Keldon Johnson, he is a 2-3 stud and will play both…….next year will be fun.

    Duke, Nov. 6th.



    • Megan
      8:28 pm May 28, 2018 Permalink

      If PJ and Vando both return, why doesn’t Wenyen transfer? Why is the only option to go pro? It can’t be that his family needs money, because as Drew says, if both PJ and Vando were to leave for the NBA, Wenyen should return to Kentucky to be one of the main contributors next season. You don’t do that if your family need money.



  2. ukdave62
    7:20 pm May 28, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s go!