"Graduation Day," as Kentucky's head coach often calls it. Players hearing their names called at the NBA Draft after spending a year (sometimes more) at Kentucky, trusting that the staff will provide to them everything that they need to reach their dreams. Tonight, TyTy Washington became the next Wildcat to fall into that line.
After twenty eight picks in the 2022 NBA Draft, TyTy Washington heard his name called by NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver, announcing that he was being drafted by the Houston Rockets as the No. 29 overall pick.
After one season in Lexington, TyTy Washington entered his name into the draft after playing 21 games as a freshman, averaging 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.2 blocks a game. After starting 29 of those games, his season shooting total came out to 45.1% from the field and 35% from the three-point line.
He set out to do many great things during his collegiate career, and per UKAthletics, here are some of the accomplishments of TyTy's lone season in college basketball:
Jerry West Award semifinalist
Kyle Macy College Insider Freshman All-America Team
A second-team selection to the All-SEC squad by the league’s coaches
All-SEC Freshman Team selection
Ranked second on the team in scoring (388), assists (120) and steals (40)
Only freshman in the country to average at least 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game while shooting at least 45% from the floor and at least 35% from 3-point range
Paced the SEC with a 2.35 assist-to-turnover ratio
Set a UK single-game record with 17 assists in the win over Georgia, which bettered John Wall’s record of 16 against Hartford in December of 2009
Had 20 double-figure scoring efforts and paced the team in scoring on five occasions
Had 21 games with three or more assists
Totaled a pair of double-doubles and the first Wildcat since 2020 to have one in the points-assists variety and another in the points-rebounds kind
Had 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the loss to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament semifinals
Logged a team-high 25 points behind a career-best four 3-pointers in the win over Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals
Scored a career-high 28 points to couple with five assists and three steals in the historic win over Tennessee at home
Logged 17 points and 17 assists to go along with five boards and a pair of steals against Georgia
Had a stretch of seven straight games in double-figures from Nov. 12-Dec. 7
Earned his first career double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds while adding five assists, a block and a steal in the home victory over Ohio
First double figure scoring effort came in the home opener against Robert Morris with 10 points
Congratulations, TyTy. Go kill it in the league.