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May 18, 2011 at 6:03 AM

Will UW snag a big man on the last day to sign 2011 recruits?

Talk about cutting it close.
The late signing period ends today and the Huskies still have not landed a big man to shore up the front line.
After the season, coach Lorenzo Romar said it was the No. 1 recruiting priority to sign a forward or center. He had two scholarships to offer and the potential of immediate playing time.
There’s been a few near misses and with the deadline fast approaching, the Huskies are still in the running on a few prospects.
According to several reports, Washington hosted Martin Breunig, a 6-foot-9 forward from Germany who had committed to Maryland. He received his release and is being wooed by several schools.
Daouda Soumaoro, a 6-9 center, visited Washington, but it’s uncertain whether he has a scholarship offer from UW. He could sign with St. John’s, which beat Washington for recruits Norvel Pelle and God’s Gift Achiuwa.
The Huskies were hot on the trails of Richard Peters, the Canadian big man who committed to Oklahoma. Reportedly he might have enrolled at UW in the fall, but it appears as if he’ll start his college career in 2012. Peters still has not committed and is being recruited by Marquette, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Indiana.
There’s a chance Washington lands a big man from overseas. Possibly 7-footer Marek Soucek or Joey Van Zegeren, a 6-9 forward.
There’s also rumors swirling about Shawn Kemp Jr., who is the son of Sonics great Shawn Kemp, walking on for the 2011-12 season. Kim Grinolds of was the first to break the news on his Saturday morning weekly radio show on KJR-AM.

— It’s a little old, but here’s a story on Romar when he spoke at a UW event in Bremerton. In the piece, Romar says he thought the Huskies outplayed North Carolina for 37 minutes before losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
**Corrected: 10:01 a.m.***
Jon Wilner at the Mercury News gives a very early projection of the Pac-12 race next season. He has Washington at No. 4.
— The Arizona Wildcats lost starting point guard Lamont ‘MoMo’ Jones, but they should be just fine because incoming freshman Josiah Turner looks as if he’ll step in and make a seamless transition from preps to college. He’s rated the No. 3 point guard in the nation by Arizona can also turn to sophomore Jordin Mayes, who was a backup last season.
— USC lost a 2012 recruit when Katin Reinhardt, a 6-foot-5 guard from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., decommitted Monday. The Trojans told Reinhardt they are no longer recruiting him. He has several schools on his list including Washington.
Ben Bolch at the Los Angeles Times examines the impact of the one-and-done rule.
— Interesting story by Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic who asks why are so many players leaving Arizona State?
— After the draft lottery order was determined Tuesday, updated its mock draft today and Washington State junior Klay Thompson improved a few spots. He’s projected as the No. 12 pick going to Utah. Washington senior Matthew Bryan-Amaning is projected as a No. 50 overall pick to Philadelphia. favors Washington junior Isaiah Thomas and believe he’ll be taken 49th in the second round by Memphis. UW senior Justin Holiday is projected as the 53rd pick to Orlando.

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