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Last year PJ Washington was considering entering the 2018 draft but eventually decided to return to Kentucky for his sophomore year. This decision has payed off. During his sophomore season he led the wildcats in points scored, rebounds, and double-doubles. He was an All-SEC first team selection and led the Cats to an elite 11 appearance. The development he made from his freshman to sophomore year is the most impressive part of Washington’s game overall.
- Freshman Year
- Sophomore Year
Washington was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 12th pick in the draft. However, he did not participate in the summer league due to a lingering foot injury. During this offseason the Hornets general manager, Mitch Kupchack, told the media that PJ will play many games in the G League and be limited in league play. While Washington will need time to develop, his talent level and style of play will allow him to contribute early and often. His height (6’7) and smooth shooting stroke will allow him to stretch the defense and keep opposing defenders honest when matching up against him. Washington was a blocking machine at Kentucky with his 7’2.5 wingspan and athleticism allowed him to create turnovers at a high rate.
PJ Washington Playing Style
- Uses size to post up in the paint
- Great court awareness
- Cuts to the basket with ease and under control
- Has a fluid shot and can make buckets from beyond the arc
From the comments made earlier from Charlotte’s GM it does not look like Washington will get much playing time early on in the season. While his rookie season may not be flashy due to his circumstances it is obvious he has all the tools to be a star. His size and style of play fits perfectly in the league today as a stretch forward who plays solid defense. Once he develops in the league look for PJ Washington to have a huge impact in the league for many years.