Former Kentucky star PJ Washington has officially signed his rookie contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
On Wednesday evening, Charlotte Hornets President and General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced that the team had signed the former Wildcat to a four-year deal. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Hornets selected the 6-foot-8 forward from Kentucky No. 12 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft last month. In his time in Lexington, Washington was a consensus All-America Third Team selection and earned All-SEC First Team honors as a sophomore in 2018-19. Washington led the Wildcats in scoring (15.2 ppg), rebounding (7.5 rpg) and ranked second in blocks (1.2 bpg) during his sophomore campaign. He also shot .522 from the field (190-364) and .423 from beyond the three-point line (33-78), making him one of only four players in the nation standing 6-8 or taller who averaged at least 15.0 points per game, shot .500 or better from the field, shot .400 or better from beyond the three-point line and made at least 30 three-pointers.
For the season, Washington ranked third in the SEC in field goal percentage, fifth in total rebounds (264), sixth in rebounds per game, sixth in defensive rebounds (183), seventh in field goals made (190), eighth in total points (531), ninth in free throws made (118), 11th in points per game and 15th in both total blocks (43) and blocks per game. He was a finalist for the Karl Malone Award honoring the country’s top power forward, as well as the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy.
Former Kentucky teammate Keldon Johnson signed his rookie deal with the San Antonio Spurs on July 1, leaving Tyler Herro as the only remaining Wildcat draftee to not sign his contract.