By LARRY VAUGHT
That simple message on a video on his Twitter account from P.J. Washington was the best news Kentucky basketball fans could have received today.
Washington had put his name into the NBA draft process to get an evaluation of his game. Both the player and his father said from day one no decision had been made on leaving UK and that if the player was not guaranteed a first-round spot in the draft he likely would return to UK.
The forward played well at the combine but still was not projected in the first round of any mock drafts, so he finally announced about eight hours before the deadline that he would return to UK.
No word yet on what Jarred Vanderbilt or Wenyen Gabriel, who were not as highly ranked as Washington, might do about staying in the draft or returning to UK.
Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last year but in the final 12 games he averaged 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 57.6 percent from the field.
He had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas State where he carried UK despite going 8-for-20 at the foul line.