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PJ Washington consensus All-American

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky sophomore forward PJ Washington became an NCAA Consensus All-America selection on Tuesday when he added his fourth major honor as a third-team pick by the Associated Press.

Washington is the first Wildcat to earn consensus All-America distinction since Malik Monk was a second-team choice in 2017. The AP is one of the four “major” NCAA-recognized All-America teams that the NCAA uses for its consensus All-America teams. The other three are the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Sporting News and the United States Basketball Writers Association. Washington hauled in third-team honors by all four organizations. The NCAA’s consensus All-America teams are comprised of a point system using all four of the organizations for a first-, second- and third-team list.

The Dallas native, was joined on the AP Third Team by De’Andre Hunter (Virginia), Dedric Lawson (Kansas), Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga) and Kyle Guy (Virginia). Washington joins Hunter, Lawson, Clarke, Guy and Mike Daum (South Dakota State) as NCAA Consensus All-America Third Team honorees.

Washington is the 11th player under John Calipari to earn All-America honors by one of the four major organizations. He joins John Wall (2010), DeMarcus Cousins (2010), Anthony Davis (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012), Julius Randle (2014), Willie Cauley-Stein (2015), Karl-Anthony Towns (2015), Tyler Ulis (2016), Jamal Murray (2016) and Monk (2017) in earning All-America distinction by either the Sporting News, AP, USBWA or the NABC. He is the 39th different player in program history to tally consensus All-America honors and the ninth under Calipari.

Washington averaged 18.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 blocks over his last 18 games played. He suffered a sprained left foot in the second half of the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals against Tennessee on March 16 and did not play in UK’s opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament, but returned to lead the Wildcats to their seventh Elite Eight appearance in 10 seasons under Calipari the following week.

PJ Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Washington played 26 minutes and scored 16 points against Houston in the Sweet 16. He then gutted out 37 minutes and charted his ninth double-double of the season in an overtime loss to Auburn in the Elite Eight. Washington had 28 points, one shy of his career high, 13 boards, three assists, two blocks and two steals. He was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team for his efforts.

During his final 18-game stretch, he shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 44.9 from 3-point range. That span also included three straight double-doubles vs. then-No. 9/10 Kansas, at Vanderbilt and at Florida.

Overall, Washington led the Wildcats in both scoring (15.2 points per game) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). After mulling a decision to turn pro after last season, Washington produced career highs in virtually every statistical category in his return for his sophomore season, including a team-high nine double-doubles.

For the season, Washington shot 52.2 percent from the floor and 42.3 percent from 3-point range. A year after hitting just five 3s in 37 games at a 23.8-percent rate, he drained 33 this season.

Perhaps the truest indicator of Washington’s worth this season was his impressive play vs. Kentucky’s best competition. In the 11 games he played vs. Associated Press Top 25 teams, Washington averaged a team-high 17.2 points and added 6.8 rebounds while shooting 54.8 percent.

Washington continues to rack up postseason honors by the day. The major honors he’s won so far include:

  • NCAA Consensus All-America Third Team
  • Associated Press All-America Third Team
  • NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team
  • NABC All-America Third Team
  • NABC All-District 21 First Team
  • USBWA All-America Third Team
  • Sports Illustrated All-America Third Team
  • USA Today All-America Second Team
  • CollegeInsider.com Lute Olson All-America Team
  • All-SEC First Team (AP/Coaches)
  • All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches)
  • Sporting News All-America Third Team
  • USBWA All-District IV Team
  • Karl Malone Award Finalist
  • Wooden Award Finalist
  • Naismith Citizen Trophy Semifinalist
  • Two-time SEC Player of the Week
  • Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week (Feb. 18)

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  1. PJ was much improved this year compared to last year. Most of his post season honors are “Third Team”. So much for him being the best player in the country. He really needs to stay one more year. He needs to improve his rebounding, passing out of double teams, free throw shooting, reducing turnovers, defending without fouling, staying focused and engaged for a full 40 minutes, and even his 3 point shot. I know he feels the pressure to turn pro, but if he does, he will be a mid second round pick, at best. This isn’t about pride PJ. It’s about increasing your NBA value and taking KY back to a Final Four. PJ will never be the best player in the country, but with another year at UK, he could position himself to become a lottery pick.

    1. Hey Dukemandoo1000, where did you acquire all this basketball knowledge that would qualify you to evaluate a talent like UK’s PJ and his NBA chances. Where did you play the game? You must have been a star, right? Let us all know, I’m curious.

  2. Catmandoo, your so damn greedy of how a coach or a player should be doing. Then why you have your a__ out there coaching or playing to a level you just describe you want. Get a life and smoke your dreams!!

  3. Greedy??? Were your mom and dad actually brother and sister?

    1. My, my Dukemandoo1000, the above post is pretty sorry, are you for real man?

  4. That’s ok Pup, catmanndoo lives in a low life probably still lives with his mama and papa.

  5. Frankly, I think PJ should be second team instead of third team.

    1. I think PJ probably did have a great shot at 2nd team, but there were times during the year where he dogged it a little in some games and could have cost him.

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