After one season with the Kentucky Wildcats, TyTy Washington Jr. declared for the 2022 NBA Draft. And now, he's the newest member of the Houston Rockets. The team selected him 29th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft.
This is a huge addition to the Rockets. Washington was ranked 12th overall as the top-ranked point guard in the 2022 NBA Draft class. In other words, he proved a lot in only one year in the NCAA.
Washington started 29 of the 31 games he played this past season. He averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists as Kentucky's most productive point guard. The freshman was a large reason for the Wildcats' success in the regular season, where they went 26-8 and finished second in the SEC.
This gave them a great advantage in the postseason, matching up against the 15th seed to start the March Madness Tournament. Unfortunately, Kentucky suffered the biggest upset of the tournament, falling to the St. Peter's Peacocks in the first round. This was just the beginning of the Peacock's Cinderella story, which ended in the Final Four against North Carolina.
As one of the top prospects of the 2022 NBA Draft, Washington has a lot to bring to the Rockets. According to CBS Sports, the young guard is “versatile,” and “comfortable playing both on and off the ball.” He's a great facilitator with good passing skills. Along with creating opportunities for his teammates, Washington puts up points himself. During his time at Kentucky, the freshman hit 35% of his three-pointers.