Wash­ing­ton to re­turn to Kentucky

Starkville Daily News - - S -

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — PJ Wash­ing­ton will re­turn to Kentucky after with­draw­ing from the NBA draft, while team­mates Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Van­der­bilt have de­cided to turn pro.

Wash­ing­ton, who par­tic­i­pated in the NBA com­bine, posted a video on his so­cial me­dia ac­counts Wed­nes­day that ended with the words "I'M BACK." The 6-foot-7 Dal­las na­tive will be the Wild­cats' top re­turn­ing scorer and re­bounder next sea­son after aver­ag­ing 10.8 points and 5.7 re­bounds as a fresh­man.

Van­der­bilt and Gabriel later an­nounced they would stay in the draft after re­ceiv­ing pos­i­tive feed­back.

In­juries lim­ited the 6-9 Van­der­bilt to just 14 games, but he av­er­aged a team-high 7.9 re­bounds with 5.9 points per game as a fresh­man. He did not at­tend the com­bine but says in a re­lease the in­put he re­ceived dur­ing the draft process con­firmed "that my time is now."

The 6-9 Gabriel was not in­vited to the com­bine but said in a video on his Twit­ter ac­count that his dreams of be­ing a pro­fes­sional "are that much closer to re­al­ity" be­cause of the feed­back. He av­er­aged 6.8 points and 5.4 re­bounds last sea­son.

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