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Kentucky Basketball: PJ Washington talks NBA Draft decision, what it will take to stay at UK

This bodes well for PJ coming back to UK.

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Will PJ Washington stay in the NBA Draft or return to UK?

That will be a question likely lingering right up until the deadline to withdraw from the draft on May 30th. For now, Washington is taking part in the NBA Combine in Chicago.

There, Washington had a mixed bag of results on Day 1.

On one hand, he tested very poorly compared to the numbers he put up at UK’s pro day before his freshman season.

On another hand, he went for 14 points (4-of-5 shooting), 13 rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist in the team scrimmage portion.

After the scrimmage, Washington spoke with reporters about what it will take for him to stay in the draft.

That would seem to bode very well for his chances of returning to UK for his sophomore season. Most mock drafts have him listed as a late second-round pick or going undrafted altogether.

Sure, Washington may impress a team to convince them to spend a late first-round pick on him, but at this point, that’s unlikely to happen. There’s a decent chance he’d be drafted in Round 2, but it sounds like he wants to go in Round 1 or not at all.

I still lean toward Washington staying in the draft, but this is certainly good news for those who hope he returns for another season at UK.

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