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PJ Washington skips 2018 NBA Draft and returns to UK

Washington could be in for a monster sophomore season.

Virgina Tech v Kentucky Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Kentucky forward PJ Washington has decided to pull out of the NBA Draft and return to school. He announced the news in a video:

Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in his freshman season at UK. He led the team in total rebounds with 211 boards, plus he chipped in 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 had the potential to make a monster jump as a college sophomore, and now he’ll look to reach that level in a second year under John Calipari and Kenny Payne.

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.

Washington made his decision to put his name into draft consideration, but not hire an agent, on April 3. Washington is currently projected to be a mid-to-late second round pick come draft day. He did help himself with a good showing at the NBA Draft Combine, enough to solidify has status as a second-round pick.

Getting Washington back is huge for UK, as they now have a reliable veteran that gives them a physical presence in he post and could become the team’s best defender.

Boom baby!

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