Paul Washington says his son is playing like a "baby Charles Barkley" in Egypt

07/05/2017 05:00 PM

P.J. Washington has been putting on a show through the first four games of the FIBA World Cup.

The Kentucky freshman is averaging 16 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 67.5% from the floor. One man who helped P.J. develop into the player he is today is his father, Paul Washington Sr. Paul coached P.J. growing up and was his head coach at Findley Prep.

“I like the way that he’s grinding through,” said Washinton Sr. of PJ’s play in Egypt. “He wasn’t shooting the ball well the first couple of games and now he’s shooting a little bit better. He’s attacking the rim. He’s playing through contact…He looks like a baby Charles Barkley out there.”

Washington Sr. traveled to Egypt to watch his son play this week. Clayton Abernathy talked with him about PJ’s play so far and what his expectations are for him during his freshman season at Kentucky.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.


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