NBA Draft: UK’s TyTy Washington headed to Houston Rockets


Kentucky’s TyTy Washington celebrates making a three-point shot against Vanderbilt during the SEC Tournament on March 11.


2022 NBA Draft coverage

A pair of Kentucky basketball players — Shaedon Sharpe and TyTy Washington — were expected to be chosen in the 2022 NBA Draft. Click below for the Lexington Herald-Leader’s coverage of Thursday night’s event.

Kentucky’s TyTy Washington is headed to Houston. The Memphis Grizzlies chose him with the 29th overall pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, but the Rockets traded for that pick.

That selection followed Shaedon Sharpe, who was the seventh overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers.

At one point the pre-draft process, Washington was considered to have an excellent shot to be a lottery pick (top 14), but his stock dropped as draft night neared. When the San Antonio Spurs chose Ohio State’s Malaki Branham at No. 20, Washington moved to the top of Jay Bilas’ Best Available Player list.

Washington, a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 12.5 points and 3.9 assists in his lone season at UK, earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors by both the league’s coaches and media members. He was a five-time SEC Freshman of the Week selection. He shot 45.1% from the field and 35.0% from three-point range.

“Leaving Kentucky won’t be easy, but I am ready for the challenges ahead and know I am ready based on my experiences here in Lexington,” Washington said in UK’s announcement about his decision.

“The experience and the knowledge I can carry forward from my time here at Kentucky will help me be a better man and player moving forward.”

One of Washington’s most notable UK performances came when called upon to take the lead role as point guard when Sahvir Wheeler was out against Georgia with a neck injury. Washington scored 17 points and broke John Wall’s single-game school record with 17 assists.

Dennis Varney is the assistant sports editor for the Lexington Herald-Leader and He is a Pike County native and Western Kentucky alum. He has also worked at The Times of Northwest Indiana, The Seattle Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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