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PJ Washington wins national player of the week award

Washington joins an exclusive club of Wildcats to earn this honor.

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After picking up SEC Player of the Week, PJ Washington picked up another recognition and was named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Washington led the Kentucky Wildcats to a 17-point win over the #1 ranked Tennessee Volunteers this past weekend. Washington finished with a game-high 23 points and shot 9-12 from the field, and is currently averaging 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in 28.3 minutes averaged on the court. What those numbers don’t show is the leadership and determination Washington has emerged with over the past few weeks.

Washington Is only the fifth Wildcat to be named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week. He joins Kevin Knox, Malik Monk, Julius Randle and Doron Lamb in picking up this highly touted recognition.

In addition to this, this was also the second time Washington has been named the SEC Player of the Week this season. He joins Tyler Ulis, Anthony Davis, and Julius Randle in being the only players to earn the recognition more than once in the same season. So, he’s sitting in good company.

There is no denying that something in Washington has clicked recently. He is playing stronger and smarter than he has since arriving in Lexington. I have a feeling this is just the beginning of the awards Washington will be given or at least in the running for.

If he keeps playing like he has recently, he may pick up a few more player of the week accolades in the near future.