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Kentucky's PJ Washington Announces NBA Draft Decision

Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena.

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 28: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kentucky's PJ Washington has made a decision about the NBA Draft. He has decided to test the waters.

It was a relatively subdued year for the Wildcats. Normally, John Calipari's program reliably has almost an entire lineup's worth of surefire NBA Draft picks.

Kentucky did reach the Sweet 16 this year. However, the team was just 26-11 on the year, the second-lowest win total of John Calipari's tenure in Lexington.

Still, Coach Cal has built his program on quickly turning blue-chip recruits into NBA Draft picks. We should see more of the same this season.

Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, and Jarred Vanderbilt are all potential NBA Draft candidates. However, the first player to make a decision is Washington, the freshman forward.

PJ Washington will enter the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent.

The decision to test the waters will allow Washington to be evaluated by NBA teams directly. He can then make a decision on whether it is worth it to enter the Draft, or return for a sophomore season.

Calipari weighed in on Washington's decision via Twitter.

Washington was the No. 15 player in the country as a member of the 2017 recruiting class, per 247Sports. The Dallas native starred at Nevada hoops powerhouse Findlay Prep.

During his freshman season, he averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for UK. Washington shot just under 52-percent from the field, but didn't show much range, hitting just 5-of-21 threes on the season.

If he has played his last game at Kentucky, his career closed on a rather unfortunate note. Against Kansas State in the Sweet 16, PJ Washington went to the free throw line an eye-popping 20 times. Washington, a 60.6-percent free throw shooter on the year, only knocked down eight from the stripe. He finished with a team-high 18 points and 15 rebounds, and was 5-for-7 from the floor, but in a 61-58 loss, the free throw struggles were a massive problem for John Calipari's club.