Miami Heat News: P.J. Washington to Give Heat 1st Pre-Draft Workout on Sunday

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Having the 13th overall pick in the NBA draft has the Miami Heat looking at a number of potential players they might end up selecting.

One of those is University of Kentucky sophomore forward P.J. Washington, who will give the Heat the first look at his abilities on Sunday after having fully recovered from a late-season injury.

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The 6-foot-8 Washington’s two years with the Wildcats saw him improve his numbers over that period, closing out his sophomore year with averages of 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. During the course of this past year, he collected nine double-doubles.

Washington’s injury came after he suffered a sprained foot during Kentucky’s SEC tournament loss to the University of Tennessee. After missing the Wildcats’ first two games in the NCAA tournament, he returned for their win over the University of Houston and their loss to Auburn University.

While that loss to Auburn ended the season, Washington showed that he was back in good form by scoring 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. He also added two steals and a pair of blocks.

One member of the Heat, Bam Adebayo, has already openly advocated for the team to select either Washington or another member of the Wildcats. The reason has a strong hint of bias attached, given that Adebayo also played at Kentucky before he was the 14th overall selection two years ago.
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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.