Status: UK commitment
Forward | 6-8 | 235
School: Findlay Prep (Nev.)
Hometown: Frisco, Texas
Washington emerged in the spring of 2016 as a major UK recruiting target, and he was one of John Calipari’s top priorities from the class of 2017, ultimately committing to the Wildcats on Nov. 10.
Kenny Payne did much of the early recruiting with Washington, who has described the UK assistant coach as like another member of his own family, and Calipari likes Washington’s versatile, team-first style of play.
The Findlay Prep (Nev.) standout was born in Louisville and raised in Texas, and he’s considered one of the best rebounders in the country. His length, timing and high basketball IQ also allow him to defend multiple positions, and he’s an efficient scorer in the post with a growing offensive game that extends to the perimeter.
Kentucky landed his commitment over fellow finalists North Carolina and UNLV. Arizona and Texas were among the other schools that were once considered major players in his recruitment.
Washington averaged 16.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for Team Penny on the Nike circuit.
Washington is not currently projected as a one-and-done player, according to the DraftExpress.com mock draft for 2018.
“I think PJ is one of the best rebounders in the country. And he’s one of the most versatile forwards, in terms of what he can do offensively. He can score with his back to the rim. He can score attacking from the high post. He can make mid- to long-range jump shots. … He has a 7-2 wingspan, so he’s got great length. There’s a lot to like about him as a prospect.”
— Evan Daniels, Scout.com recruiting analyst