It’s been a long time coming, but Jahmel Taylor is finally making his official visit at Washington.
He arrived this week and his trip to Seattle will serve two purposes. He’ll get a chance to see the university and the city for the first time and he’s also going to compete in this weekend’s West Coast All-Star Classic alongside 2013 UW recruit Darin Johnson.
Taylor, a 5-11 and 160-pound point guard from Los Angeles, verbally committed to the Huskies in January. He signed scholarship papers April 17.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting up with the players and seeing what goes on at school,” Taylor said. “I just want to see the community. From my research, it’s a great community. People are really into the Husky Nation. And I’m really excited about meeting the players. They seem like great guys. I’m looking forward to meeting them in person and actually getting to know them better.
“I want to meet everybody, but especially the leader of the team like C.J. Wilcox. I really look forward to meeting him to see how he feels and also what his goals are for next year and things like that. Just getting to know him better.”
Taylor and Johnson are members of UW’s 2013 class that includes McDonald’s All-American Nigel Williams-Goss and junior-college transfer Mike Anderson.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Had a chance to catchup with Washington State coach Ken Bone who helped with today’s story on former UW star Nate Robinson and former WSU standout Klay Thompson.
— Seven Pac-12 players will compete at the NBA Combine in Chicago on May 16-17. Here’s a complete list of all 61 players courtesy of Draft Express. The Pac-12 players include: Allen Crabbe (Cal), DeWayne Dedmon (USC), Carrick Felix (Arizona State), Solomon Hill (Arizona), Grant Jerrett (Arizona), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA) and Andre Roberson (Colorado). So far it appears as if the underclassmen in the conference who decided to enter the draft (Crabbe, Dedmon, Jerrett, Muhammad and Roberson) have made a good choice.
— Felix could turn heads at the combine. The 6-6 guard had a strong senior season at ASU. He’s added seven pounds and works out daily in preparation for the draft workouts.
— The University of Washington is ranked the sixth best university in the world in a study conducted by the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) Graduate School of Informatics.