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PJ Washington is returning to Kentucky

PJ Washington is back, baby! Washington just announced he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season:

“I want to thank everyone for their support during this process and allowing me to take my time for one of the most important decisions of my life,” Washington said in a release from UK. “The plan all along was to get all the information that was out there to make the best decision for me and my family. I’ve always had a list of goals that I want to accomplish in my life, and one of the most important ones is making it to the NBA. That hasn’t changed at all.

“But another one of my goals is to win a national championship in college, and that’s what I want to do next season at Kentucky. I believe with who we have coming back and who we have coming in that we can do that. I learned a lot during my freshman season and became a better player, but I think I’ve only scratched the surface. With everything I’ve learned, I want to lead this team and compete for a championship. I can’t wait to get back on campus and get this thing started again.”

John Calipari praised the rules that allow player to test the waters to get feedback, but admitted he’s really happy he’ll be able to coach PJ for another season.

“This is what the NBA Draft rules are in place for,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “PJ was able to test the waters and get all the information that was available to him to make the best decision for him and his family. Whatever PJ decided we were going to support, but I’m really happy with the decision he’s come to because I really want to coach PJ for another season. I know how good of a player he is and think he showed it at times last season, but I’m looking forward to seeing him grow and build on it. What I love most about this decision is why PJ is doing it. He told me he wants to come back to be a leader, to grow and to drag his teammates with him as we try to do something special.”

LET’S GOOOOOOOO. Jarred, Wenyen, and Reid, get in here!!!!

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28 Comments for PJ Washington is returning to Kentucky



  1. UKantstopus
    4:34 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Sweet, let’s get travis in here now and look out!!



  2. ScottGreene22
    4:36 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Great news



  3. Han
    4:36 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Kick ass. Come back hungry to prove you’re not an undersized 4 PJ.



    • Luether
      7:53 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      And redeem yourself from choking at the FT line and eliminating us from the NCAA Tournament…



  4. J-Dub421
    4:38 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Huzzah!



  5. chardun20
    4:39 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Glad PJ is back, no real opinion about Travis.



  6. BPatte
    4:50 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    He may very well lead us to a National Championship!! Looking forward to watching him play again….



  7. catheaven
    4:51 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Hell Yeah! Great choice PJ!!!!!!! Come on back and prove you are a first round draft pick by end of year! Kick some butt!!!!!



  8. chris43
    4:58 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Hell yeah baby! Welcome back big fella! Very smart decision and this time next year you’ll be a multimillion dollar lottery pick. Big Blue Nation baby!



  9. TomEcaster
    4:59 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Can we let PJ know he’s the real MVP for not dragging this out til 11:59??



    • mashburnfan1
      5:21 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      yea cause another 7 hours of this stupidity really would have mattered. At least the others did not send out messages constantly about if this and if that like his dad did. The family should have just shut up till they wanted to say yes or no, which everyone already knew he was not going in first round and better chance than not that he was not even getting drafted. Now we are all supposed to do back flips because an average player drags us along for several weeks then acts like he is the savior by coming back. No thanks. I am glad we will have some experience and depth back but UK basketball has gone on long before, and will long after, any player.



    • 4everUKblue
      5:23 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      Spoken like a true fair weather so called fan. I’m sure you’ll be welcomed in Loserville.



    • CKTermy23
      5:26 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      According to sources Jared Vanderbilt is likely headed oversees along with Gabriel. Travis is likely going to sign with Nova.



    • ukmcky
      5:41 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      Good Lord what is wrong with you?! Its not like he lied to us.. It’s over now, move on! Also, every player matters. We’re not acting like this because we think he’s AD or anything like that. Every year we don’t win it all, you can look back to guys we shouldn’t have lost from the year before and say they could’ve taken us to the next level.



  10. Not Dan Issel
    4:59 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    This is very good news. Welcome back!



  11. bosch8184
    5:00 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Thank god, let’s go.



  12. Cats4lyfe
    5:00 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    That’s great news! I sure hope we can get Reid Travis too! That would make one beefy front court to go with EJ and Nick!



  13. Alleykat16
    5:07 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Great news. I’m very happy and with that UK is looking like a very strong contender for the championship. With what is coming in and what is staying this team is looking strong. Now what’s up with the other 2



  14. KYcats11
    5:07 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Yesss!!!



  15. ukmcky
    5:22 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Thank you P.J.! He will continue to develop and dominate next year and if we make a title run as well, he will get that 1st Round guarantee! Also, he and Travis together would be sick..



  16. 4everUKblue
    5:24 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Glad you’re coming back P.J. Come on back JV and Wenyen!



  17. BBNBRIAN
    5:30 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    START making free throws and STOP the childish flexing. Leaders act like they’ve been there before. There is a time and place for it, but not every time you touch the ball.



    • cats646
      5:41 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      Didn’t he have the highest free throw average on the team most the year last year?



    • henderblue
      5:44 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      Fans like you would make a kid lean toward not coming back.



    • ukmcky
      5:56 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      I hate how having emotion automatically makes someone childish. Believe it or not, players rally around that kind of energy, so don’t act like it doesn’t make him a leader either. I know I’m going to get all kinds of jokes for this, but look who went #1 in the NFL draft this year.



    • Soylentbeans
      9:02 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      Dumb comment



  18. cats646
    5:42 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Did anyone else put on they’re stank face as soon as they read this article?! LETS GOOOO!!!!!