The returning Kentucky sophomores discussed their decision to play another year of basketball at UK.
After averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in his freshman year P.J. Washington tested the NBA waters and participated in the NBA combine. It was a tough call for Washington but he thinks he made the right one,”Obviously really close, I feel like I made a great decision by coming back, I feel like I made the best decision for me.”
Nick Richards is the only returning player who started all 37 games for Kentucky last year. He averaged 5.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. The decision was an easy one for Richards because he has something to prove, “I was pretty set on coming back. I wasn’t even thinking about going to the NBA because I didn’t like how I left my mark at Kentucky.”
At one point it was rumored that Quade Green would transfer to LaSalle to continue his college career. The confident point guard, who averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists per game, said that wasn’t an option, “I was staying regardless, I was going to be a Kentucky player, no (consideration of) transfer.”
Jemarl Baker who missed last season with an injury said he is now 100% healthy and even with an influx of new guard talent he never considered leaving, “Transferring was never an option for me, it was never a thought for me. I never talked to Cal about anything like that and I never felt like I had to.”