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PJ Washington earns weekly SEC award

A well-deserved honor for the sophomore forward.

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PJ Washington has become a star for the Kentucky Wildcats, and he’s starting to get his due.

On Monday, the SEC announced that Washington was the SEC co-Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Tennessee Volunteers guard Jordan Bone.

Washington came up big for the Cats in a sweep of the Vanderbilt Commodores and Florida Gators. He averaged team highs in scoring (20.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg) to extend the Wildcats’ season-best winning streak to eight.

Washington opened the week with a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high-tying three steals in an 87-52 win at Vanderbilt. He recorded another double-double in the 65-54 win at Florida with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

For the season, Washington is averaging 13.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He’s shooting 51.3 percent from the floor and has made 17 three-pointers already this season on 40.5-percent shooting.

The rise of PJ has been a big reason why Kentucky has suddenly become a legitimate national title contender.

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