LEXINGTON — Freshman P.J. Washington had 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field along with five rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes during Friday’s Blue-White Game.
So what did Kentucky coach John Calipari think about his play?
“All I keep saying is more motor, more motor. Some of it we’ve got to bring it out of him, and then when he does it, just cheer him on and just challenge him to do that,” Calipari said. “When he’s not playing with motor, sub.
“So you’re on the court and you’re never trying to rest. You’re playing one way. When he gets to that, there’s guys better than him, I got to see it.
“And everybody they said would be player of the year in our league, all those guys, are his position. OK. They said he’d be player of the year. He’d be player of the year and he’d be player of the year – you’re going to play all three of them. Let’s see who is better. You’ve got a chance to prove it.”
Washington had a little different view of his first action in a Kentucky uniform.
“The best part of my play tonight was my aggressiveness on offense and just getting everybody involved. I feel like I didn’t rebound well, but I can do better. I feel like I scored the ball really well tonight,” Washington said.
He knows his defense needs work.
“We need to play with a motor. We need to come out and be aggressive. Every coach puts you to a higher limits. I just have to play hard,” Washington said. “I feel like our players have a lot of length and versatility. Everybody can do pretty much everything. On the defensive end, we have a lot of length. We can get out and run in transition.”
Washington felt the scrimmage was a worthwhile experience for the players.
“It was great for us to come out and see our fans supporting us – just getting to play with each other once again before the season starts. Everyone impressed me tonight. Everyone played hard tonight. Even though people were cramping, everyone still played hard,” Washington said.