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October 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Gaddy commits to Washington

Big news for the Washington Huskies tonight as Bellarmine Prep guard Abdul Gaddy has committed to wear the purple and the gold. He’s regarded as the top recruit in the state for the Class of 2009.
I just got off the phone with his father who said his son committed shortly after 8 p.m.
I’ll have more soon.
AND HERE’S MORE:
Gaddy’s father, Abdul Sr., said that after Arizona fell out of the picture, his son decided he wanted to stay home.
“We came back to the drawing board and (UW) coach (Lorenzo) Romar has always been there,” Gaddy Sr. said. “He’s (Romar) followed him since he was a freshman in highs school. And it will be a great opportunity to play in front of family and friends. It was just kind of a no-brainer at the end.”
Gaddy will sign a letter with UW during the early signing period, which begins Nov. 12.
His commitment is a coup for the Huskies, who already had three commitments but were in danger of missing out on the top players in the state, such as Gaddy’s Bellarmine Prep teammate Avery Bradley (Texas) and Franklin’s Peyton Siva (Louisville).
UW’s other commitments are from guard C.J. Wilcox of Provo, Utah; center Charles Garcia Jr., of Riverside (Calif.) CC; and forward Clarence Trent, formerly of Gig Harbor and now playing at a prep school in North Carolina.
The Huskies had just one scholarship left to give before Gaddy’s commitment.
The 6-3, 170-pound Gaddy averaged 23 points a game last season for Bellarmine and won the Gatorade Washington Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award after leading the Lions to a third place finish at the state 4A Tournament. He is rated as the No. 2 point guard prospect in the country by Scout.com.
He will turn 17 in January and Gaddy Sr. noted that his son has to stay in college for at least two years before considering the NBA due to the league’s new age requirements.
“He’s not going to be a one-and-done kid,” Gaddy Sr. said. “So he’s excited to go play there and have that opportunity to have a degree. This will be an opportunity to spread his wings a little bit but not be too far away.”
His announcement Tuesday night concludes a whirlwind recruiting process in which Gaddy initially committed to Arizona in August, 2007, then de-committed last spring due to concerns over the coaching situation, and then re-committed again to Arizona in September before de-committing again last week.
AND HERE’S SOME MORE
The most obvious importance of Gaddy’s commitment is that it gives UW a stellar backcourt for the next few years. Gaddy’s father said his son looked forward to the idea of playing alongside Isaiah Thomas — the two have gotten to know each other well, each growing up in the south end area.
Don’t overlook what it might also mean to the recruitment of Josh Smith of Kentwood High, however. The Huskies can now sell to Smith the possibility of playing with one of the best backcourts in the Pac-10, if not potentially the country.
The other obvious question some of you will have is that this gives UW 14 committed scholarships for the 2009-10 season. Longtime followers of the program know that this is how it usually goes, for the school to hedge its bets by signing one more than it may have room for. One possibility for how it works out, however, is that Garcia is thought to have a ways to go to get eligible.

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