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Kentucky Star PJ Washington Announces NBA Draft Decision

PJ Washington takes a shot against Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 02: PJ Washington #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball in the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on March 02, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

With the college basketball season officially in the books, the top prospects around the country are declaring for the NBA Draft. The latest superstar to make his announcement is PJ Washington, who will forego his final two years of eligibility.

After averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in his freshman season, Washington elevated his production to 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. Not only did he become a go-to scorer for Kentucky, but he also showcased his toughness on a nightly basis.

Despite hurting his ankle before the NCAA Tournament, Washington returned for the Sweet 16 against Houston. Even thought he wasn't at 100 percent during March Madness, the Dallas native dropped 28 points on Auburn in the Elite Eight.

Washington went on Twitter to reveal his decision for this offseason. He'll leave Kentucky as one of its top performers in recent memory.

"The staff challenged me from day one to become the best version of myself and to work hard to become one of the best players in college basketball. I feel like I've done that," Washington said in his announcement.

Here is the full statement from Washington:

Washington is expected to be a first-round pick this June.

He isn't the only member of Kentucky that can leave for the NBA Draft, as Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson also have potential at the next level.

It'll be a tough loss for the Wildcats to handle over the next few months, but John Calipari always reloads in the offseason. Besides, Washington did give Kentucky two tremendous years of basketball.