PJ Washington will take his NBA Draft decision down to the wire.
According to Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader, PJ’s father, Paul Washington, says his son will make his decision next Wednesday. It’s no surprise he’ll wait until the very last minute, as he’s hoping that an NBA team will finally give him a first-round guarantee.
Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in his freshman season at UK. He led the team in total rebounds at 211 while getting 31 blocks.
Washington brought a lot of intensity, strength and inside presence this year, and was a highlight reel machine when he was at his best. He has the potential to make a monster jump as a college sophomore, but all the buzz has been he wants to be a pro now.
The Dallas native’s father previously said he would stay in the draft for sure if he got a first-round draft guarantee, but also said that he’d still consider the draft if he didn’t get that guarantee.
I’m still expecting Washington to remain in the draft, but the fact that he’s taking his decision to the deadline is a good thing for those hoping he returns. If he was already set on leaving for the NBA, then he’d probably announce his decision before the deadline to withdraw.