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November 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Lack of local prep talent contributes to UW’s recruiting woes

After years of producing elite high school talent, the state of Washington has dipped comparatively this season.
Among the top 20 players ranked by ESPN.com, only Spokane-area forward Brett Boese, a fourth-team pick, is slated to attend a Pac-12 school. He signed with Washington State.
Rainier Beach senior Anrio Adams, a 6 foot 3 point guard, is considered the top prospect in the state. At one time the former Franklin High standout was a Washington target, but it’s unclear if the Huskies are still recruiting him. He told LeftCoastRecruiting.com that Baylor, Georgetown, LSU, Arizona, and Louisville have contacted him.
Corrected: 2:53 p.m.
ESPN’s first team includes: Seattle Prep forward Mitch Brewe (UC Santa Barbara), O’Dea guard Sekou Wiggs, Lakes center Zach Banner and Adams who are all seniors. Bothell junior guard Zach Lavine is also on the team.
Last year Washington signed five-star recruit Tony Wroten Jr. out of Garfield High and Rainier Beach High’s Hikeem Stewart who ESPN rated a four-star prospect.


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THURSDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— Is UCLA forward Reeves Nelson (right) a victim of the SI cover jinx? He missed Wednesday’s practice due to a bothersome left ankle. X-Rays didn’t reveal any serious damage. The Bruins are unsure if he’ll be available for Friday’s opener against Loyola Marymount. UCLA is already without guard Jerime Anderson who is serving a two-game suspension for theft of a laptop.
The past two years, Washington guard Isaiah Thomas graced the cover Sports Illustrated college preview section. Here’s the 2009 edition and the 2010 cover. Jon Brockman and Ryan Appleby also shared a cover in 2006.
This season the magazine chose Nelson to represent the West. North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Kentucky’s Terrence Jones and Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb are also on regional covers.
— UCLA coach Ben Howland will likely bring sophomore center Joshua Smith, a Pac-12 MVP candidate, off the bench again. He started 13 of the first 15 games last season, but struggled with fouls against Washington and USC and was taken out of the starting lineup. Newcomer Travis Wear or Anthony Stover may start for Smith.
— Here’s a brief preview on Portland, Washington’s opponent Monday.
— Looks like No. 16 Arizona found a point guard during its 67-59 win over Duquesne last night. Jordin Mayes tallied a career-high 19 points and converted 4 of 7 three-pointers. Mayes started in place of prized freshman Josiah Turner who was pulled from the lineup after arriving late to a pregame shootaround. Here’s the box score. The Wildcats are 2-0.
Tough start for new Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak. The Utes were defeated in last Friday’s exhibition to Division II Adams State, but more importantly they lost 7-3 senior center David Foster (broken foot) and junior guard Chris Hines (ribs) to injuries.
— Preseason injuries will force 5 foot 7 Maurice Jones to carry USC on his shoulders.
Washington State signed its fourth and final recruit Richard Peters, a 6-10 center from Toronto.
Oregon State signed its third and and final recruit Jarmal Reid, a 6-7 forward from Georgia.
— Former Husky Elston Turner Jr. who transferred to Texas A&M scored helped the Aggies to an 89-51 win over Liberty in his first game since he played for UW in 2010. Turner finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in a game-high tying 31 minutes. Here’s the box score.

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