The Huskies received good news Tuesday when Rainier Beach High star Dejounte Murray announced he’s going to attend Washington in 2015.
The 6-5 shooting guard, who is considered the top prospect in the state, was also considering Gonzaga, California, Oregon and UNLV.
The early work Lorenzo Romar and his staff are putting into the 2015 recruiting class is starting to pay off. The Huskies have already secured commitments from four-star forward Marquese Chriss and three-star guard David Crisp, who played with Murray at Rainier Beach
Josh Gershon, a recruiting analyst at Scout.com, raves about Washington’s 2015 class and writes: “All three players complement each other well. Crisp is a combo guard that will be a big time three-point shooter in Seattle, opening up the perimeter defense for Murray to be at his best as a slasher. Inside will be Chriss, an elite leaper who can score on putbacks or facing up as a shooter. He fits right into Romar’s up and down style of play. While Washington’s coaching staff isn’t yet done in 2015, this class is already its best on paper since 2010, when it had three four-star prospects in Terrence Ross, Aziz N’Diaye and Desmond Simmons.”
Murray, who has a 6-foot-9 wingspan, averaged 18 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists last season. He was one of the bright spots on a star-studded Rainier Beach team that won the class 3A state title and compiled a 29-1 record. The Vikings only loss was in the first round of the season-ending Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York.
Murray had some eye-popping games last season, including a 33-point, 30-rebund performance against West Seattle. He also averaged 11.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game for Northwest Xpress in the Nike EYBL last summer.
Here’s a look (below) at Murray’s highlights from a January 2014 game against powerhouse Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) High.