On the first day of the early signing period, Washington secured it’s second largest and one of its highest-ranked signing class in the Lorenzo Romar era.
The Huskies cleaned up in locally while landing the state’s top two prospects Rainier Beach High’s Dejounte Murray and Eastside Catholic’s Matisse Thybulle. Washington also added former Rainier Beach star David Crisp.
The Huskies did well outside the state as well while picking up Marquese Chriss, a forward from Northern California, junior college center Malik Dime and Devenir Duruisseau, a forward from Virginia.
Washington’s 2015 class is ranked 10th nationally by ESPN.com, which includes three on ESPN’s top 100 list – Murray (47) and Chriss (53).
The Huskies are ranked sixth nationally by Scout.com and seventh by Rivals.com.
Washington may continue to add players. Reportedly, the Huskies extended an offer to Tyler Dorsey, a four-star shooting guard from Los Angeles, who withdrew his verbal commitment from Arizona.
Here’s a bio on UW’s signees.
— Murray, a 6-5, 175-pound shooting guard, 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. He’s considered the top prospect in the state and drew interest from Gonzaga, California, Oregon and UNLV when he verbally committed on June 3.
— Chriss, a 6-8, 200-pound forward at Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove, Calif., averaged 19 points and 11.7 rebounds last season. Reportedly, he drew interest from USC, Arizona State, San Diego State, Gonzaga, Connecticut, Boise State and Vanderbilt. Chriss UW assistant T.J. Otzelberger played a major role in his recruiting. Here’s a his tweet from Wednesday morning when he signed scholarship papers.
— Crisp, a 6-1, 180-pound point guard, averaged 15 points and 2.8 assists last season at Rainier Beach. He’s attending Brewster (N.H.) Academy this school year. Crisp had offers from Boise State and Nebraska, but he was the first to commit to UW’s 2015 class on Jan. 12. Here’s his tweet from Wednesday morning when he signed scholarship papers.
— Thybulle, a 6-6, 185-pound wing, averaged 11.8 points and 2.2 blocks last season. He considered Gonzaga, California and Oregon. He credited Romar with securing his commitment. Here’s a Q&A with Thybulle after he picked the Huskies.
— Dime, a 6-10, 220-pound center at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa is a native of Senegal. He averaged 7.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30 games last season. He also shot 65.3 from the field and 55.6 on free throws. He considered Iowa State, Rutgers and Arkansas. Dime said UW junior Quevyn Winters, his former Indian Hills teammate, and Otzelberger played a big role in his recruitment. Here’s a Q&A with Dime after he picked the Huskies.
— Duruisseau , a 6-8, 240-pound power forward at Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, VA. He averaged averaged 18 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks last season at Sylmar High in California. He committed to San Jose State in the spring and re-opened his recruitment this summer. He drew interest from Colorado, Arizona State and California. Fishburne Military Academy coach Ed Huckaby Jr. said UW assistant Raphael Chillious was the lead recruiter on Duruisseau. Here’s a Q&A with Huckaby after Duruisseau picked the Huskies.