TyTy Washington is poised to become one of the next Kentucky players drafted into the NBA, and the projected first-rounder tapped into that vast Wildcats network for some advice.
Washington revealed this week after working out with the New York Knicks that he had the opportunity to link up with Immanuel Quickley, who was the 25th overall pick in 2020. He picked his brain some on the NBA and what he can expect at the next level , according to SNY.
I know Quickley kind of personally. He came back to Lexington, and we worked out, played 1-on-1 and 5-on-5. We talk a whole bunch. He was telling me what to expect and how it’s different from college in the NBA.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari has seen 43 former players selected in the draft over the last 12 seasons, including 32 first-round picks, with Washington slated to join that group. He emerged as a standout last season and enjoyed great success as a freshman.
He was voted to the All-SEC second team after averaging 12.5 points, 3.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 31 games. He led the SEC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.43) and broke John Wall’s single-game record with 17 assists on Jan. 8.
The 6-foot-3 guard is widely considered to be a first-round pick and is projected to be taken in the 16-22 at the moment. In addition to the Knicks, Washington has also worked out for the Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs among other teams.
Washington brings a strong scoring ability to the next level and is a player that can get others involved while taking care of the ball. He projects to check a lot of boxes for teams and is hoping to become the latest Wildcats player to achieve success in the NBA.
The NBA draft will take place on June 23.
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