25 - PJ Washington


  • Birthday: 8/23/98
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-8
  • Wt: 235
  • Hometown: Frisco, TX
  • High School: Findlay Prep
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NBA Comparison: Carl Landry

Strengths: Plays with a mean streak and physicality that sets him apart from many of his peers ... Has a massive 7’2.5” wingspan that helps mitigate the fact that he doesn’t have great height at 6' 6.5 barefoot ... 8' 11" standing reach gives him better than average power forward length ... Works very hard, especially inside to stick with plays ... Is comfortable having an offense run through him, even if it’s designed to get others open looks ... Does a solid job of setting screens, both on and off the ball ... When focused on it, can rebound the ball at a high rate ... Has solid instincts in regards to blocking shots and is unafraid to challenge offensive players at the rim ... Does a good job of facing defenders up at the high and mid post and attacking off the bounce ... Is very good in isolation situations in the high and mid post and is able to score at the rim or draw a foul consistently ... Is comfortable operating along the baseline, which can create issues for defenses and create additional spacing for his teammates ... Back to the basket game remains unrefined, but he has made noticeable strides in that department, especially in regards to his footwork ... Shooting form is inconsistent, but not broken, meaning there is growth potential in that area for him ... Played through a hand injury last season, showing toughness, and didn’t miss time despite needing surgery on a finger ...

Weaknesses: Struggled with consistency and didn't fully live up to the lofty expectations placed upon him coming into his freshman season ... Struggles to identify and see over double teams, leading to turnovers and creating transition opportunities for opponents ... Draws a lot of fouls, but only shoots 60% from the free throw line, which leads to empty possessions and makes it hard for him to close out games ... Doesn’t always prioritize rebounding and can focus too much on scoring/attacking the rim ... Isn’t confident in taking a jump shot from mid range or outside, making him more predictable on offense ... Can get in foul trouble trying to fight for position defensively, will need to work on improving position early in the shot clock ... Lack of height sometimes hurts him when trying to score inside against bigger defenders, is prone to having his shot blocked ... Needs to improve upon his conditioning to be able to withstand an 82 game season ... Can get caught up in off ball screens when guarding perimeter oriented players and sometimes gives too much space to shooters ... Needs to look to add strength, at just 223 pounds will be pushed around by bigger and stronger post players at the next level ...

Outlook: Despite his lack of ideal size for a player that does most of his damage from inside the paint, Washington has some tools that should translate to the NBA ... It will be important for him to show teams that he is a better shooter than he was at Kentucky if he wants a spot in a rotation ... He would benefit from expanding his range to the three point line (or at bare minimum being comfortable taking the 15-18 foot jumper) ... He also needs to show an ability to hit free throws to avoid teams taking advantage of that vulnerability ... He projects as primarily an energy guy coming off a team’s bench with the chance to develop into something more in time ...

Notes: Declared for 2018 NBA Draft and participated in NBA Draft combine ... Measured 6' 6.5'' barefoot, 6' 8'' in shoes, 223.0 lbs, 7' 2.5'' wingspan, 8' 11'' standing reach, 6.85% body fat and 9.00 inch hand langth at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine ... Recorded a 43” vertical at Kentucky’s pro day. and a 34 inch max vertical at the NBA Draft Combine ... Long time member of USA Basketball youth select teams while in high school where he won gold medals and gained valuable experience ... Attended powerhouse Findlay Prep in Las Vegas as an upperclassman ...

Eric Yearian 5/27/18

Notes: Measured 6'6, 219 lbs with a 7'1 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Elite 100 ... Measured 6'5.5 without shoes, 6'6.75 with shoes, 218 lbs, with a 7'1 wingspan and 8'9 standing reach at the 2014 USA Junior National Team Mini Camp ... Measured 6’8’’ in shoes, with a 7'1’’ wingspan and 221 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy ... Measured 6'7 without shoes, 6'8 with shoes, 237 lbs, with a 7'3 wingspan and 8'9 standing reach at the June 2017 USA U19 tryouts

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