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Waiting for final draft evaluations led to P.J. Washington waiting until May 30th for final decision

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If P.J. Washington truly intended to come back to Kentucky if he was not going to be a first-round draft pick, why did he wait until May 30th — the last day to take his name out of the draft — when no mock drafts had him in the first round?

That’s the question Kentucky Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond posed to me Sunday on Community Trust Bank Sunday Morning Sports on WLAP (630 AM) when I indicated P.J. had done exactly what the player and his father said he would from the moment he put his name into the draft.

Luckily, a few days ago I had basically asked Paul Washington, the player’s father.

“We were waiting on a few teams to get back with us,” Paul Washington said. “We got our last feedback on the 30th.That’s what we were waiting on to make the decision.

“A lot of teams don’t bring you in for workouts until after the combine. Each team is different. We wanted to get every bit of feedback that we could. He had a great combine. He had a double-double in the scrimmage, shot jumpers, improved his stock.”

What about his vertical jump dropping from 43 inches at a UK combine to 34 inches at the NBA combine?

“I wasn’t there, so I can’t tell you,” Paul Washington said. “But I don’t believe it was accurate. I just don’t think there’s any way it was an accurate measurement. He was in great shape. I know the measurement could not have been correct.”

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  1. I hope PJ doesn’t take this year for granted. There will be a lot of talent on this team and he needs to step up as a sophomore. I hope he can develop the skills to play the 3 spot. Having a front line of PJ, EJ, and Reid Travis should he come to UK would be a formidable one. Cal can go to a 4 guard lineup if the bigs get in foul trouble but having this frontcourt would dominate the boards and produce a lot of points.

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