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Ole Miss coach says PJ Washington “toughest one” in SEC to defend

PJ Washington (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mississippi coach Kermit Davis said it didn’t matter who his team put on PJ Washington Tuesday night because no one could match up with the Kentucky sophomore.

He had all 13 of his points in the second half after failing to score in the first half when he played just seven minutes because of foul trouble.

We double teamed him at times, and he just caught it on the wide post, just making post moves. We had Bruce (Stevens) in the same spots second half. They have weak side rim protection, and that’s something we don’t have right now,” Davis said.

“We’ve got to recruit that and get it in our team. He’s a good player but he only got 13. Those two wings (Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson) were the ones that were playing downhill most of the games.”

Davis said he told his players to be prepared for what Washington would bring and to emulate what he did on the court.
 
“We double teamed him at times, he’s the toughest one (in the SEC). Grant Williams (of Tennessee) is one, but PJ is a little harder because he’s a little taller,” Davis said.

“He sees the floor, and they get him on that same block all the time. He’s a very mature player who doesn’t try to do things he can’t do. He stays within himself.”

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