After a dour start to the season, Washington is trending up recently. The Huskies (11-6) are 3-1 in the Pac-12 and tied for third-place in the conference standings.
After Sunday’s win over then-No.15 Colorado, they received a verbal commitment from Rainier Beach High senior point guard David Crisp, a 2015 prospect.
And Monday evening, Washington picked up another 2015 prospect – Marquese Chriss, a 6-8, 200-pound forward from Elk Grove, Calif.
— Marquese Chriss (@Quese33) January 14, 2014
After failing to land the bonanza 2013 class that he envisioned, coach Lorenzo Romar made a slight shift in recruiting strategy. Rather than wait until the final days for a handful of McDonald’s high school All-Americans, the Huskies are going to secure several top prospects early.
Landing Chriss is the latest example of UW’s new recruiting policy.
He’s considered a four-star prospect, according to the major recruiting services. He’s ranked 60th on ESPN’s top 100 list and 62nd by Rivals. Scout considers him the 13th best power forward in the 2015 class.
The Pleasant Grove High junior took his official visit to Washington this weekend and watched the UW-Colorado game. Reportedly, he drew interest from USC, Arizona State, San Diego State, Gonzaga, Connecticut, Boise State and Vanderbilt.
He said UW assistant T.J. Otzelberger played a major role in his recruiting. He also has several ties to the Seattle-area, including former Sacramento standout and UW freshman Darin Johnson; Pleasant Grove High classmate Brandon Lewis, a UW football commit, and his stepfather, who is a Tacoma native. Reportedly, UW’s engineering program also helped sway his decision.
Because Chriss is a junior, the earliest he can make his verbal commitment official is in the fall during the early-signing period.
Chriss and Crisp give Washington a jump start on assembling what could be a special 2015 class. The Huskies have also extended a scholarship offer to Rainier Beach High junior Dejounte Murray. The 6-4 wing reportedly has offers from Oregon, California, Washington State, Gonzaga and Boise State. He’s considered a four-star prospect by the major recruiting services.
Chriss is considered an athletic, hybrid forward who can face the basket. Seemingly, he’s ideally suited for UW’s high-post offense because of his offensive versatility. He’s also a good shot blocker. Chriss is thin and has drawn early comparisons to Husky sophomore Jernard Jarreau.
In an August 2013 interview, Chriss said he models his game after NBA player Rudy Gay.
Here’s a look (below) at a highlight video of Chriss produced by Yayareasfinest2006.