Kentucky basketball freshman a top NBA draft prospect

LEXINGTON — Kentucky’s 2021-22 roster may be tough on veteran transfers, but the Wildcats still have a star freshman that could be a one-time NBA draw.

Here’s what you need to know about freshman security guard TyTy Washington.

TyTy Washington broke John Wall’s single-game assists record

Kentucky security guard TyTy Washington Jr.  (3) celebrates scoring a three-pointer during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Clubb)

Washington has spent most of the season on the ball with junior Sahvir Wheeler taking on the point guard duties. But when Wheeler missed two games with a neck injury, Washington proved more than capable of pulling off the attack.

In Kentucky’s January 8 win over Georgia, Washington scored a program record of 17 assists.

With 1 minute to go, Washington needed one assist to equal Wall’s previous record of 16 in one game, but Tshiebwe missed a dunk attempt on a Washington lob pass. Washington was able to recover the rebound and transfer to Brooks, who converted a dunk to match the record.

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