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September 5, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Jabari Bird picks Cal; What’s next for UW?

Jabari Bird, a five-star recruit from Richmond, Calif., decided to stay home and will follow his father’s footsteps to California.
Carl Bird starred with the Golden Bears during the mid 1970s and the younger Bird, a 6-6 shooting guard, figures to be a centerpiece for Cal when he arrives in 2013.
Bird cut his recruitment short after visiting Cal this past weekend and canceled trips to Washington, Oregon and Colorado.
Losing Bird is a major blow for the Huskies because he said UW was among his two favorite teams. He’s considered a standout wing who’s athletic, good in transition, explosive around the rim and possesses a reliable jumper that extends to three-point range.
Many recruiting analysts say he compares favorably to former Husky stars Terrence Ross, Quincy Pondexter and Bobby Jones.
At a press conference this morning, Bird said he plans to recruit UW target Aaron Gordon to Cal.
“I’m definitely trying to get them now,” Bird said of Gordon and top 20 prospect Marcus Lee who made unofficial visits to Cal last weekend. “Hopefully, they can be Cal Bears with me. For the most part, both Marcus and Aaron liked the visit a lot. I’m just trying to build on that with them, so I can convince them to come to school with me.”
Gordon has UW is at the top of his list that includes eight teams. He’s scheduled official trips to Colorado (Sept. 8), UW (Sept. 29) and Arizona (Oct. 21). He’s also reportedly considering Oregon, Kentucky and Kansas while New Mexico and Stanford appear to be fading on his list.
Isaac Hamilton is the other big-name recruit who has been linked to Washington. However, the five-star shooting guard from Los Angeles doesn’t have any plans to officially visit UW. He plans to visit Florida (Oct. 6th) and San Diego State (Oct. 12th). He’s also considering trips to Baylor and Connecticut. Hamilton has made unofficial trips to UCLA and USC.
Recruiting will heat up Sept. 9 when coaches begin in-home visits and are allowed to watch recruits’ practice. During this period, players often firm up their official visits.
The Huskies secured a verbal commitment from point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who is considered a consensus four-star prospect according to the major recruiting sites.
Washington loses three seniors and will have at least two more scholarships to offer after Williams-Goss signs during the Nov. 14-21 early signing period.
Here’s a look at players the Huskies are recruiting.


2013 UW TARGETS
NAME ………………… POS ….. HOMETOWN ……. HT/WT …. ESPN, RIVALS, SCOUT
Aaron Gordon …….. PF ….. San Jose, CA ……. 6-7/210 ….. 5-5-5 ….. (6 ESPN, 5 Rivals)
Isaac Hamilton …… SG ….. Los Angeles ……… 6-4/190 ….. 5-5-5 ….. (22 ESPN, 12 Rivals)
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Kyle Washington …….. C ……. Champlin, MN ……. 6-9/180 ….. 4-3-4 ….. (66 ESPN, 120 Rivals)
Tyree Robinson ………. SG …. San Diego …………. 6-3/200 ….. 3-4-4 ….. (74 Rivals)
Darin Johnson ………… SG ….. Sacramento ………. 6-4/190 ….. 3-3-4
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Jordan Bell …………. PF ….. Long Beach, CA …… 6-6/190 ….. 3-4-3
Tyrell Robinson ….. SG ….. San Diego …………… 6-4/200 ….. 2-3-3 ….. (133 Rivals)
Daquein McNeil ….. SG ….. Baltimore ……………. 6-3/175 ….. 2-3-3 ….. (134 Rivals)
Chance Murray …… SG ….. Los Angeles ……….. 6-3/180 …… 2-3-3
Jahmel Taylor ……… PG …. Chatsworth, CA …… 5-11/160 ….. 2-3-3
Jelani Mitchell ……. PG ….. Pasadena, CA ……. 6-4/170 ….. 2-NR-3

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