Washington Hauls in USBWA All-America Third Team Honors
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky sophomore forward PJ Washington logged his second essential All-America honor on Monday while the US Basketball Writers Association tabbed him to its 1/3 team. Washington is the first Wildcat to earn All-America distinction via the USBWA, given that Malik Monk was a 2d-team desire in 2017. The USBWA is one of the 4 “most important” NCAA-identified All-America teams that the NCAA uses for its consensus All-America groups. The other 3 are the Associated Press, the Sporting News, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Washington became additionally selected as 1/3-crew pick out via the Sporting News.
The Dallas local turned into joined on the USBWA Third Team using Chris Clemons (Campbell), Mike Daum (South Dakota State), De’Andre Hunter (Virginia), and Dedric Lawson (Kansas). Washington is the eleventh participant under John Calipari to earn All-America honors via one of the four leading companies. He joins John Wall (2010), DeMarcus Cousins (2010), Anthony Davis (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012), Julius Randle (2014), Willie Cauley-Stein (2015), Karl-Anthony Towns (2015), Tyler Ulis (2016), Jamal Murray (2016) and Monk (2017) in earning All-America distinction through either the Sporting News, AP, USBWA or the NABC. Washington is averaging 17.9 factors, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and
1.4blocks during the last 16 games. To that extent, he’s taking pictures fifty, one.7 percent from the floor, and forty, four.4 from 3-point variety. That span additionally consists of 3 immediately double-doubles vs. Then-No. Nine/10 Kansas, at Vanderbilt and Florida. Overall, Washington leads the Wildcats in both scorings (14.8 factors in keeping with the game) and rebounding (7.Five RPG). After mulling a selection to turn pro after the final season, Washington is enjoying professional highs in clearly each statistical category in his return for his sophomore season, inclusive of a crew-excessive eight double-doubles. For the season, Washington is capturing 51.5 percent from the floor and forty-one. Nine percent from the three-factor range.
A year after hitting five 3s in 37 games at a 23.8-percent price, he is tired 31 this season. Perhaps the most accurate indicator of Washington’s well worth this season is his outstanding play vs. Kentucky’s pleasant opposition. In UK’s nine games vs. Associated Press Top 25 groups, Washington is averaging sixteen.1 point and 6.7 rebounds even as shooting fifty-three. One percentage. Washington is racking up postseason honors through the day. The essential honors he’s gained up to now consist of · USBWA All-America Third Team · Sports Illustrated All-America Third Team · All-SEC First Team (AP/Coaches) · All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches) · Sporting News All-America Third Team · USBWA All-District IV Team · Karl Malone Award Finalist · Wooden Award Finalist · Naismith Citizen Trophy Semifinalist · Two-time SEC Player of the Week · Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week (Feb. 18)