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P.J. Washington turned down million dollar deal to return to UK

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)


While there was speculation that P.J. Washington was hell-bent on going to the NBA no matter what the player or his father said, the UK freshman would have been drafted in the second round and given a contact most of us would have like to have if he had stayed in the draft.

“It definitely was not a situation where he would not have got drafted,” Paul Washington said. “We know 100 percent he would get drafted. But he’s not just the kind of guy to go to the draft because other guys are. He knows his worth and wants to compete now for a national championship. He wants to prove he can win a national championship and carry a team.

“If there was something from the NBA (financially) he just could not have turned down, he would have taken it. But this was something he could turn down and he putting trying to win a national championship above making a couple of million dollars.

“That’s a huge decision. He could have made $1.5 million now but he coming back to Kentucky to win a national championship is certainly not a bad option and that’s the one he chose just like he said he would.”

He recently had surgery on his pinky finger that was broken in January but is expected to be back at full speed for UK’s exhibition trip to the Bahamas.


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  1. Way to go PJ. The money will still be there later. Go lead UK to a NC. It would do us fans proud.

  2. ^^^^^ Echoing Larry Pup’s sentiments!!!

  3. Endearing Cats fans everywhere!!! He is a special player that loves wearing UK Blue. We need more like him. GO CATS!!!

  4. Not sure this was always the perception that PJ put on the floor last year but is very mature and encouraging to hear at this time. If we do get RT on board we will have a very, very good shot at NC.

  5. Glad he decided to come back. I think he has a perimeter game but hope he won’t ignore his strengths in the paint…can you say balanced? Start working on your free throws PJ, teams are going to test you early. Last year’s team didn’t exhibit a high basketball IQ. If Travis comes to UK, that should improve, especially if Hagans is the pass first guard people say he is.

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