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PJ Washington may delay surgery for the 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Washington is still deciding if he’ll go through the NBA Draft process.

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One of the biggest annual questions we’ve seen for the Kentucky Wildcats during the offseason is who’s stays and who’s goes.

We’ve already heard that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Kevin Knox are ready to announce what they plan to do. We also know Tai Wynyard is transferring out. After that, there has been no concrete information released regarding any other player’s decision.

One of those players, PJ Washington, took a weekend off and went home to visit his family in New York for Easter. There, he and his father had a conversation about what’s next, as reported by Kyle Tucker of SEC Country.

One thing that’s still being discussed is whether or not PJ will delay surgery on his right pinky in hopes to attend the NBA Draft Combine. A broken pinky can be fixed any time, but showing off your talents to NBA Scouts doesn’t come around very often.

Nothing is confirmed about PJ delaying surgery, but it’s definitely in the minds of both him and his family.

“Because if you have the surgery now, you’re pretty much saying you’re going back to school,” Paul Washington said. “He might say, ‘Dad, I just want to chill and finish up school and just come home for a month and then go back for summer school.’ He may not want to go to the combine.”

PJ averaged 10.8 points this season to go along with 5.7 rebounds, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He surged at the end of the year, making a huge impact on this Kentucky team in many ways.

With that being said, I haven’t seen one report come out that says he’s in the first round. Based on what PJ’s father said last week, that makes a great case for PJ to come back.

No matter what PJ decides, he deserves his time to think about it and make the best decision for him and his family. It’s always a tough one, especially when the NBA has always been the goal for Washington.