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Washington’s third straight double-double puts him in good company

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday night, and for the third straight game, PJ Washington came away with a double-double performance – he finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds over the Gators. Washington is the first Wildcat to record three consecutive double-doubles since Julius Randle did so back in 2014.

His fight in the second half helped swing the momentum in Kentucky’s favor, a fact that was not lost on teammate Tyler Herro.

“He was big time for us,” Herro said. “He’s out there being a leader, crashing the boards. He does a great job at keeping us young guys together.”

At the half, Washington was 3-8 from the floor and had eight points and six rebounds. And after the break, he stepped up his contributions across the board – a few big rebounds helped Kentucky as much as his buckets. And although Washington had a successful night in Gainesville, it was his lowest-scoring performance since his 13-point outing against Auburn on January 19. Against Kansas, Vanderbilt and Florida, Washington is averaging 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.

His efforts have also helped the Cats to their longest winning streak since the end of the 2016-17 season – eight straight victories. Plus, he’s really coming into his roll as a leader on the court.

After the game, John Calipari once again said Washington’s recent dominance is what he’s been “waiting a year and a half” to see. Although he just stayed at Kentucky for one season, Julius Randle peaked at just the right time for the Wildcats. Could PJ Washington be doing the same?


Article written by Maggie Davis

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3 Comments for Washington’s third straight double-double puts him in good company

  1. Alex90
    1:48 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    He finally realized he’s quick enough to take opposing bigs to the basket. Cal has also put him in more perimeter and high post sets. The high pick and roll action with Hagans and Washington is hard to stop.

  2. Luether
    5:53 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    It’s great to see PJ mature and thrive…

  3. JASUN74
    6:05 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    He’s been fantastic the last couple of weeks. He’s got everything he need to help this team be a title contender. Very very proud of PJ lately.