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June 30, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Will NBA draft success help UW recruiting?

Shortly after Thursday’s NBA draft, coach Lorenzo Romar noted Washington has produced 11 NBA players in the past eight years. Nine of those players were drafted, six in the first round.
Here’s the list.
2012 ….. Terrence Ross ….. 1st Rd (8th overall) ….. Toronto
2012 ….. Tony Wroten ….. 1st Rd (25th overall) ….. Memphis
2011 ….. Isaiah Thomas ….. 2nd Rd (60th overall) ….. Sacramento
2010 ….. Quincy Pondexter ….. 1st Rd (26th overall) ….. Oklahoma City (traded to New Orleans)
2009 ….. Jon Brockman ….. 2nd Rd (38th overall) ….. Portland (traded to Sacramento)
2009 ….. Justin Dentmon ….. Undrafted
2007 ….. Spencer Hawes ….. 1st Rd (10th overall) ….. Sacramento
2006 …. Brandon Roy ….. 1st Rd (6th overall) ….. Minnesota (traded to Portland)
2006 ….. Bobby Jones ….. 2nd Rd (37th overall) ….. Minnesota (traded to Philadelphia)
2005 ….. Nate Robinson ….. 1st Rd (21st overall) ….. Phoenix (traded to New York)
2005 ….. Will Conroy ….. Undrafted
The Huskies had two players taken in the first round for the first time in school history. Asked repeatedly what Thursday meant for UW, Romar shifted the focus to his departing stars.
“I’d rather focus on those guys,” he said. “For those guys it means a lot. Terrence Ross just went (as the) 8th pick as a sophomore. He makes a decision to go out and have his dream fulfilled and it is. I think it was outstanding that he was a lottery pick. Tony Wroten took a lot of criticism this year for coming out, but he’s a first-round draft choice. For those two individuals, I think it’s very significant, and I’m very happy for those two.”
Washington was one of six schools with multiple first-round picks. Kentucky and North Carolina topped the list with four while Connecticut, Duke and Syracuse each had two.
There’s no denying being lumped in that elite group may have a positive ripple effect for the Huskies that influences future recruits.
“In terms of recruiting, kids nowadays want to play in NBA,” Romar said. “That’s what they want to do, and it’s pretty consistent that guys have a chance to make it with our program.”
The Huskies have their sights on a bumper crop of 2013 recruits who no doubt have their sights on playing in the NBA. Every good salesman knows that before you promise what you’re going to deliver, the prospective buyer wants to know what have you done in the past.
Romar can now say UW’s leading scorer has been taken in the draft in each of the past three years. He has a track record of developing players. He’s done it with four-year guys (Roy, Pondexter, Brockman), one-and-dones (Hawes and Wroten) and two-and-outs (Ross). He’s helped mid-tier recruits make it to the NBA (Conroy, Jones and Dentmon) and he’s provided a platform for unorthodox players (Robinson and Thomas) to shine.
“It definitely says that my assistants and our staff has been able to go out and identify talent that maybe to the world may not be as good as some other higher-ranked guys,” Romar said. “I think my assistants have done a good job of spotting that. I think, because of the way we play, guys have been able to develop and improve. As a result of all that, it’s happened. And I think people will take notice of it.”
The Huskies have two scholarships to offer 2013 recruits after picking up a verbal commitment from four-star point guard Nigel Williams-Goss. UW could have additional scholarships if others leave the program prematurely.
Here’s a look at some of the prospects the Huskies are considering, according to the major recruiting services.
Name …………………… Pos. ……. Hometown …….. Ht/Wt …… Rankings (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)
Jabari Parker ………. SF ….. Chicago ……….. 6-8/220 ….. 5-5-5
Aaron Gordon …….. PF ….. San Jose, CA ……. 6-7/210 … 5-5-5
Isaac Hamilton ….. SG ….. Los Angeles …. 6-4/190 ….. 5-5-5
Jabari Bird ………… SG …. Richmond, CA …. 6-6/190 ….. 5-4-5
Marcus Lee ……… PF ….. Antioch, CA … 6-9/200 ….. 4-4-4 .
Jahmel Taylor ….. PG …. Chatsworth, CA ….. 5-11/160 ….. 2-3-3
Tyree Robinson …. SG …. San Diego …. 6-3/200 ….. 3-4-4
Tyrell Robinson …. SG ….. San Diego ….. 6-4/200 ….. 2-3-3
Kyle Washington ….. C ….. Champlin, Minn. ….. 6-9/180 ….. 3-3-3
Daeshon Hall, a 6-6, 220-pound forward at Garfield High, committed to play football at Washington. He’s a raw basketball talent and it’s possible he could play both sports much like Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

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