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Photo Shoot Fresh: PJ Washington at the NBA combine

PJ Washington is one of four NBA prospects representing the University of Kentucky at this week’s NBA combine, and the only one of the bunch to have not hired an agent. There is some talk that he is eager to keep his name in the draft, but needs promising feedback from the league to do so. If that is the case, it will take a strong showing in Chicago to climb up draft boards and earn the confirmation he needs to remain in the draft.

If P.J. Washington is a first round pick he will stay in the draft

Washington did get a little bit of positive news on Wednesday in the form of a second-round projection in a new mock draft, which I believe is his first 2018 mock draft appearance. The good people over at slotted Washington at No. 53 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their new post-lottery mock. It’s not the first-round promise Washington is looking for, but he’s at least in their draft conversation.

In the meantime, Washington is showing off his new photos from a shoot at the combine.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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8 Comments for Photo Shoot Fresh: PJ Washington at the NBA combine

  1. herm89
    5:08 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Hey PJ, it’s me, an NBA GM. I really think you need another year in college. Go back to Kentucky plz.

  2. BCO
    6:06 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    I thought he came to UK with premis he would likely be here 2 years. And yet every article mentions now how eager he is to leave. Jeez playing at UK and being adored by thousands of fans cant br that bad. I know we have our crazies but holy crap….but more than that, hes costing himself money and potentially jeopardizing his pro career. When every scout and analyst is projecting him as a potential lottery pick next year and as a fringe second rounder this year, I cant for the life of me understand why that’s such a tough call to make. Maybe if it were my son I’d look at it through different eyes, but I dont think so. Really hope he comes back. And not only for the selfish reason that our team needs him, but because I think it’s the smart choice for him as well.

    • ScottGreene22
      7:18 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Amen. For what ever reason if you attend KY and can’t be a lottery or first round pick after your freshman season your a bust. Its crazy!!

  3. Swizzle
    6:34 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    Can we just sign reid travis and revoke his scholarship?

  4. Kat4Life
    7:44 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    . I believe when PJ signed with us, he was completely convinced he would be one and done. The fact that his year did not go exactly the way he wanted it to certainly complicates things for him. At the end of the day it’s probably math, what is the net present value of going now versus the net present value of waiting a year and improving your draft position. He should take the higher of the two income streams. If he could move into a potential lottery pick next year, and is a marginal second round pick this year it would appear to be an easy decision

    • wyatts1
      8:05 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

      Unfortunately the name accross their Jersey doesn’t factor into their decision at all. I’m all for kids following their dreams but because of instances exactly like PJ’s I get tired of some of these kids. I believe it’s time for some schools (like ours) to also ask themselves what’s best for the team, just like some of these players do for themselves. We are UK and deserve this respect, we shouldn’t be a skipping stone for anyone unless they are actually a lottery pick, or at the very least a first rounder. But that’s my opinion, I’m sure coach reads these comments just looking for mine to decide what to do ??.
      Some decisions are different from others and not all have the same thinking process behind it, some players may feel like they have to due to poverty and that’s completely understandable. I know all these issues are because of the NBA and it’s rules, but the NCAA has to eventually figure this shit out or high school kids might as well go to the G league and get advice, work on their weaknesses, and mature into their game while their being paid. It’s just a bad situation and as a fan I wish things was how they use to be when players took pride in their chosen school, killed themselves for the fans, and the school to win that ship.

  5. Kat4Life
    8:19 pm May 16, 2018 Permalink

    If you ever questioned whether or not this was a players first program, situations like this one will remind you.