P. J. Washington

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P. J. Washington
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No. 25 – Charlotte Hornets
PositionPower forward
Personal information
Born (1998-08-23) August 23, 1998 (age 20)
Louisville, Kentucky
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High schoolFindlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada)
CollegeKentucky (2017–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentCharlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Paul Jamaine "P. J." Washington Jr. (born August 23, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Early life[edit]

Washington is the son of Sherry and Paul Washington Sr. He has two brothers Tyler and Spencer, and one sister Alexandria. Both of his parents played basketball at Middle Tennessee State. He wears number 25 because his father wore 25 in college.[1]


Washington is considered as one of the best players in the 2017 recruiting class by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.[2][3] On November 10, 2016 he committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, on November 20 he signed his letter of intent.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
P. J. Washington
Frisco, TX Findlay Prep (NV) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Nov 10, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #13   Rivals: #11  247Sports: #13  ESPN: #11
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Kentucky 2017 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • "2017 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 6, 2016.

College career[edit]

Throughout most of his freshman season at Kentucky, Washington played through a pinkie injury that required surgery in the summer. In the NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas State, Washington led Kentucky with 18 points and 15 rebounds.[4] Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. After the season, he declared for the NBA draft, but announced his return on May 30, 2018.[5]

Following Kentucky's loss in the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Washington announced his intention to forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, where he was projected to be a first-round selection.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Washington was selected as the 12th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2019 NBA draft.[7] On July 3, 2019, Washington officially signed with the Hornets.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2017–18 Kentucky 37 30 27.4 .519 .238 .606 5.7 1.5 .8 .8 10.8
2018–19 Kentucky 35 33 29.3 .522 .423 .663 7.6 1.8 .9 1.2 15.2
Career 72 63 28.3 .521 .384 .632 6.6 1.7 .8 1.0 12.9


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