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PJ Washington named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Watch List

How good has PJ Washington been lately? The sophomore is one of 30 players on the midseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy, given annually to the national player of the year.

PJ leads Kentucky in scoring (14.4 points per game) and rebounding (8.1 rebounds per game), and has scored 20 or more points in six of the last seven games. During that stretch, he’s had three double-doubles and is shooting 52.0 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point range.

Washington is one of only three players from the SEC on the list along with Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams.He’s also one of 10 midseason finalists for the Karl Malone Award, which honors the nation’s best power forward.

Here’s the complete list of candidates:

Nickeil Alexander-Walker So. G Virginia Tech ACC
R.J. Barrett Fr. F Duke ACC
Phil Booth Sr. G Villanova BIG EAST
Ignas Brazdeikis Fr. F Michigan Big Ten
Jordan Caroline Sr. G/F Nevada Mountain West
Brandon Clarke Jr. F Gonzaga WCC
Chris Clemons Sr. G Campbell Big South
Jarrett Culver So. G Texas Tech Big 12
Jarron Cumberland Jr. G Cincinnati AAC
Mike Daum Sr. F South Dakota State Summit League
Carsen Edwards Jr. G Purdue Big Ten
Kyle Guy Jr. G Virginia ACC
Rui Hachimura Jr. F Gonzaga WCC
Ethan Happ Sr. F Wisconsin Big Ten
Markus Howard Jr. G Marquette BIG EAST
De’Andre Hunter So. G Virginia ACC
Cameron Johnson Sr. G North Carolina ACC
Dedric Lawson Jr. F Kansas Big 12
Caleb Martin Sr. F Nevada Mountain West
C.J. Massinburg Sr. G Buffalo MAC
Luke Maye Sr. F North Carolina ACC
Ja Morant G So. Murray State OVC
Eric Paschall Sr. F Villanova BIG EAST
Shamorie Ponds Jr. G St. John’s BIG EAST
Admiral Schofield Sr. G Tennessee SEC
Marial Shayok Sr. G Iowa State Big 12
P.J. Washington So. F Kentucky SEC
Grant Williams Jr. F Tennessee SEC
Zion Williamson Fr. F Duke ACC
Cassius Winston Jr. G Michigan State Big Ten

The list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists on March 4. The four finalists will be announced on March 19 and the trophy will be awarded during the Final Four.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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7 Comments for PJ Washington named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Watch List

  1. KYjellyRoll
    11:13 am February 13, 2019 Permalink

    Became one of my favs late last year even after k state. The guy has a will to win, a desire inside him

    • bigblue2284
      2:43 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

      Did you say a will to win? Your hilarious Roll! If Washington is the “guy” UK is done.

  2. No more excuses cal
    12:58 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    The only trophy I care about is conference reg season and tournament national title and a holiday tournament trophy

    • catsarerunnin
      4:24 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sure you’re proud of your collection of Douchebag of the Year trophies.

  3. bigblue2284
    2:45 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

    About 15 guys on that list are better at first glance. PJ is the most overrated on the list, most likely added because they need a certain number of players on the list.

    • Truth_Hurts
      3:48 pm February 13, 2019 Permalink

      You should try harder to troll next time.

    • UKWildcatNation
      12:50 am February 14, 2019 Permalink

      You must not know how hard it is to put up the numbers he is while being an undersized Big in today’s SEC. He completely transformed his body and attitude in the offseason, and well as his game, which is clearly evident by his outside jumper and ball-handling. Go ahead and throw shade all you want but all he wants to do is win. He is a leader, but leads by example of hard work every day in practice…but you wouldn’t know that bc you don’t see them practice every day like some people. He could put up 35 points a game easy if he shot as much as RJ Barrett or Zion.