Washington needs a big man to replace senior center Perris Blackwell and junior forward Desmond Simmons, who decided to transfer to another school.
However, a list of the top 51 junior-college players compiled by 247sports.com reveals there are only four players 6-foot-7 or taller who haven’t committed or signed with a school. And none of the available big men are interested in UW, according to the website.
If the Huskies are unable to add a junior-college transfer, they’ll likely try to add a big man who leaves another Division I program.
Unfortunately Washington hasn’t had much success adding big men in the spring and summer.
Last year, Mike Moser was the most coveted big-man transfer on the West Coast. After leaving UNLV, he considered UW before choosing Oregon, where he averaged 13.2 points and 7.7 rebounds. Moser earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors and was twice voted the conference’s player of the week.
Most recently the Huskies picked up big men Perris Blackwell, Martin Breunig, Gilles Dierickx and Robert Upshaw late in the recruiting season. All either backed out of a verbal commitment or transferred from Division I schools.
— Blackwell, who transferred from San Francisco, was the most productive in the group. He averaged 10.2 points and 6.8 rebounds this season.
— Breunig played sparingly during his two years (2011-13) at Washington before transferring to Montana.
— After leaving Florida International, Dierickx averaged just 5.1 minutes in 14 games during the 2013-14 season.
— And Upshaw’s future at UW remains in doubt.
It’s interesting to note Indian Hills Community College (Iowa) Quevyn Winters, who verbally committed to Washington, is ranked 27th on 247sports.com’s list.
Two weeks ago, we took a look at UW’s 2014-15 roster and oddly enough Simmons was considered one of the team’s cornerstones. Here’s a revised look at the starting lineup and rotation assuming Upshaw is available.
Projected starting lineup/rotation
F – Robert Upshaw/Shawn Kemp Jr.
F – Jernard Jarreau/Gilles Dierickx/Tristan Etienne
G – Darin Johnson/Mike Anderson/Donaven Dorsey
G – Andrew Andrews/Quevyn Winters
G – Nigel Williams-Goss/Jahmel Taylor