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November 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Thursday links: Darin Johnson inks with UW

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There’s no official word from Washington just yet, but Darin Johnson signed a binding letter of intent with the Huskies last night.
He’s pictured far left next to Sheldon High teammates Dakarai Allen and D’Erryl Williams who signed with San Diego State.
Before the signing ceremony, Johnson said he’s excited about playing for UW. He plans to wear No. 1 and described himself as a big guard, who likes to score, hustle and hates to lose.
Johnson, rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, averaged 16.8 points last season.
Washington is likely waiting to receive scholarship papers from Nigel Williams-Goss before making an announcement on recruits. Last night I spoke with Todd Simon who coaches Williams-Goss at Findlay Prep in Nevada. He said the four-star prospect is waiting until Friday to sign when his mother gets into town.
Washington also hopes to land 7-foot center Kameron Rooks, who has offers from Arizona, Oregon State and Arizona State. He visited every school with the exception of Arizona and recruiting analysts believe he’d like to take a trip to Tucson, Ariz. But it’s not as if Rooks isn’t familiar with the place. His father Sean Rooks starred at Arizona (1988-92) and joined the Phoenix Suns’ player development staff last month.
Plenty of links today. Here you go.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
Monica Guzman, who also writes for the Seattle Times, has a good story for Geekwire.com on UW’s tweeting policy.
— And here’s a story from Taylor Soper who runs down the tweeting policy at other Pac-12 schools.
Doug Haller at the Arizona Republic ranks Washington 11th in his Pac-12 power rankings.
— Just one game last night in the Pac-12. Washington State throttled Utah Valley 72-49. Here’s the post-game quotes from coach Ken Bone and players. And here’s the video highlights from the Pac-12 Networks. Brock Motum scored 15 points in 21 minutes, Mike Ladd had 13 and DaVonte Lacy 11 points and a career-high six assists. The only downside for the Cougars was the game drew just 2,032 fans.
— UCLA freshman forward Kyle Anderson is questionable for tonight’s s game against James Madison because of a bone contusion in his wrist.
— The Shabazz Muhammad saga at UCLA is getting crazier each day.
— Arizona junior Jordin Mayes is getting comfortable with his role as a backup point guard.
— UW, Colorado and Oregon State head across the country to represent the Pac-12 on the East Coast in various preseason tournaments. Beavers guard Ahmad Starks is anxious to play on basketball’s biggest stage Madison Square Garden.
California signed five-star prospect Jabari Bird, which puts the Golden Bears at the top of the conference’s recruiting rankings for now.
UCLA received scholarship papers from Bothell’s Zach Lavine.
— Lincoln High’s Tre’Shaun Fletcher (formerly Tre’Shaun Lexing), a 6-foot-6 forward, signed with Colorado. The Buffaloes brought in three recruits including Jaron Hopkins and Dustin Thomas.
Washington State signed three players including Shoreline’s Josh Hawkinson.
Oregon State signed center Cheikh N’diaye and guard Hallice Cooke.
Utah added four players on the first day of the early-signing period.
— Keep an eye on junior Shaqquan Aaron, a four-star 2014 recruit who transferred in the summer to Rainier Beach and was ruled eligible to play this season. The 6-7 foward is regarded as the state’s No. 1 prospect. I saw him this summer play in Jamal Crawford’s Pro-AM and Aaron was a monster who impressed fans and players with his athleticism and above-the-rim playmaking. He has offers from UW, Arizona, UCLA, Connecticut, Syracuse and St. John’s.
Colorado extended Tad Boyle’s contract to 2016-17.
— And here’s my appearance Wednesday afternoon on 710 ESPN. The interview begins at the 22:40 mark.

More audio at MyNorthwest.com

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