Malik Dime, a 6-10, 220-pound forward center at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, is expected to announce his college choice Monday. He’s considering Iowa State, Rutgers, Arkansas and Washington.
“All four schools that have been involved in his recruitment have done a fantastic job,” said Indian Hills coach John Wardenburg. “And I know why, because he’s a special young man who keeps getting better and better every day – both on the floor and off the floor. He’s very conscience about life and his school work. And on the basketball floor, he works really hard. He’s gotten better every year.”
Dime averaged 7.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30 games last season alongside Quevyn Winters, who begins his first year at Washington this season. Dime shot 65.3 from the field and 55.6 on free throws.
Washington has received verbal commitments from Rainier Beach High 6-6 wing Dejounte Murray, Eastside Catholic 6-7 wing Matisse Thybulle, Pleasant Grove High (Elk Grove, Calif) 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. Each is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com.
The Huskies 2015 recruiting class is ranked 10th nationally by ESPN.com.
— ESPN’s Eammon Brennan isn’t a fan of the silhouettes-designed courts that have become trendy in college basketball, which explains why he didn’t include Washington among his top 10 basketball courts.
— Interesting take on San Diego State, which should be the class of the Mountain West once again.
— UCLA still has not been able to practice at Pauley Pavilion, which underwent massive flooding July 30. The Bruins are expected to play an exhibition game at the historic arena Oct. 31.
— Now here’s a twist. Utah coaches took input from the media, most notably ESPN’s bracket guru Joe Lunardi, on building a Big Dance worthy non-conference schedule. The Utes will travel to play San Diego State, BYU, Kansas and UNLV, while also hosting Wichita State.
— Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, a former Arizona star, pledged $1M to the renovation of McKale Center.
— Here’s a look at Connecticut’s new basketball practice facility. Why is this relevant? The $39 million venue may serve as the blueprint for the Huskies who are planning to build a basketball-only facility.
— In case you missed it, the coaches don’t think much of the Pac-12 this season. Only Arizona (2) found a spot in the USA Today/coaches preseason top 25 poll.
— It goes without saying, but expectations are extremely high at Arizona.
— And speaking of Arizona, former Wildcats star Aaron Gordon continues to do damage in the NBA.