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September 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Matisse Thybulle returns from Cal; Oregon and Zags next

Eastside Catholic's Matisse Thybulle looks for an opening as he drives down the lane in a regional game at Bellevue College on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Eastside Catholic, who doubled Timberline's score to win 80-40, will advance to the state tournament next week in Tacoma. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson - Seattle Times)

Eastside Catholic’s Matisse Thybulle is one of the most coveted high-school basketball players in Washington. The 6-7 forward has scholarship offers from Washington, Gonzaga, Oregon and California. (Photo credit: Lindsey Wasson – Seattle Times)

This is a busy time for Matisse Thybulle.

The 6-7 forward at Bellevue’s Eastside Catholic returned from a visit last weekend to California. This weekend he’s scheduled to make an official trip to Oregon and plans to conclude the recruiting circuit with a visit to Gonzaga on Sept. 12.

Thybulle took an unofficial visit to Washington in August and according to 247Sports, the Huskies should be considered the favorites in the derby for the lengthy wing. Arizona State also reportedly offered a scholarship in July, but there’s no current plans to visit the Sun Devils.

Thybulle will likely announce his decision this month. The early signing period is Nov. 12-19.

Thybulle is considered a four-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports while ESPN and Rivals tabs him as a three-star recruit.

ESPN ranks Thybulle the second best 2015 prospect in the state behind Rainer Beach High’s Dejounte Murray, who has verbally committed to the Huskies. Washington has also secured commitments from 6-8 forward Marquese Chriss and David Crisp, a 6-1 point guard who starred at Rainier Beach last season and will attend Brewster (N.H.) Academy this school year.

If Washington lands Thybulle, it would bolster a recruiting class that’s received high marks. Scout ranks UW fifth nationally while 247Sports has the Huskies eighth.

Here’s the scouting report on Thybulle from ESPN:

Strengths:
Thybulle is a lengthy 3-man with a terrific basketball frame. He has long arms and his athleticism is outstanding. He can explode in transition for the finish or slash his way to the rim. He has excellent body control while maneuvering his way through the defense and his handle is tight. In addition, he impacts the game in a variety of ways due to his feel for the game (good passer).

Weaknesses:
Thybulle needs to continue to improve his shooting off the bounce as well as his left hand while finishing in the paint area.

Bottom Line:
Thybulle is one of the better sleepers out west who should end up a high-major recruit. He is best described as a basketball player who affects the game in multiple ways.

And here’s a short video highlight of Thybulle this year at an AAU game.

TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss is recognized as one of five sophomore guards poised for a breakout season. However, not sure why the standout point guard is listed as a shooting guard.

— ESPN’s Jeff Goodman put together a list of the top 25 incoming freshmen and includes Arizona’s Stanley Johnson (No. 2) and USC’s Katin Reinhardt (No. 6).

— Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Pac-12 All-Stars who visited China last month.

— Arizona State coach Herb Sendek is getting a three-year contract extension.

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