PJ Washington’s three-point shooting has been a big topic of discussion in recent weeks. In the last four games, he’s 8-11 from the three-point line, bringing his season average to 44.9 percent, the best on the team. That’s up from 23.8 percent last season.
Yesterday, Draft Express noted the changes in PJ’s shooting form, specifically a cleaner release compared to last season:
#Kentucky sophomore F prospect P.J. Washington 3FG’s year-over-year
Freshman: 5/21 (23.8% 3FG%)
Sophomore: 22/49 (44.9% 3FG%)
From left to right, the first 3 photos below show a much more clean release point + balance hand as compared to last season, the 2 photos on the right pic.twitter.com/2uNDc8GPFO
— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) February 11, 2019
The changes to PJ’s form have improved his numbers across the board, which has boosted his confidence. When he gets the ball with a clean look now, he doesn’t hesitate. As Draft Express also notes, PJ’s catch and shoot points per possession is 1.383, up from 0.679 last year. That’s in the 94th percentile in the country.
P.J. Washington catch + shoot PPP year-over-year with @KentuckyMBB
Freshman: .679 PPP (13th %tile) while shooting 7/28 on FG’s
Sophomore: 1.383 PPP (94th %tile) while shooting 22/47 on FG’s
The 6-8, 225 pound + 20-year-old’s mechanics + confidence have improved this season pic.twitter.com/hqFQnz2fGR
— DraftExpressContent (@DXContent) February 12, 2019
As John Calipari constantly reminds him, when PJ’s dialed in like this, he’s one of the best players in the country. Keep it up.