The national letters of intent are in and by most accounts, the Huskies brought in a bonanza signing class that ranks among the best in the country and the history of the Washington program.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— ICYMI: The college basketball regular season begins in the Pac-12 on Friday and every team will be in action. Here’s a preview and a summary of the exhibitions from Bud Withers.
— More on UW’s six-man signing class from the News Tribune.
— Nice compilation of the newest Huskies at GoHuskies.com.
— Josh Gershon at Scout.com ranks Washington’s class second in the Pac-12 behind Arizona. He said UW’s Matisse Thybulle is the best rebounder in the class and Marquese Chriss is the best shot blocker. Gershon on the Huskies: “It’s a very successful recruiting class for Washington.”
— Once again, the Wildcats assembled a class that’s tops in the conference. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels on Arizona: “Sean Miller’s recruiting success since he arrived at Arizona has been well documented. The past four years his recruiting class has been ranked in the top 5. That will continue this year. To date, the Wildcats have the best class in the countyr with three five-stars and a top 50 recruit. The scary thing is they are still in the hunt for five-star big men Stephen Zimmerman and Ivan Rabb.”
— The Wildcats didn’t formally announce its signing class Wednesday – the first day recruits can sign a national letter of intent. However, half of Arizona’s four-man, four-star class delivered their NLIs.
— Hard to imagine Arizona will not start freshman wing Stanley Johnson considering he might be the most talented player in the Pac-12.
UCLA went small and USC went big on a day when both Los Angeles schools signed four-star prospects.
— Bruins coach Steve Alford is preaching patience with an inexperienced team that lost three players to the NBA.
— Utah signed two players.
— The 25th-ranked Utes are hoping to reach their potential.
— New Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle hit the ground running and pulled in a signing class that’s s ranked 1tth by Rivals.com and is the highest rated in school history.
— At the other end of the spectrum, new Washington State coach Ernie Kent assembled an unheralded four-man class.
— Hazen High small forward Dominic Green, a three-star prospect, was one of two recruits who signed with Arizona State.
— Oregon is waiting on NLIs from a pair of four-star recruits.
— Neither of the Pac-12’s Bay Area teams announced any signings Wednesday. Stanford is expected to bring in three recruits during the early signing period, which ends Nov. 19. Meanwhile, California has no 2015 commitments. However, the Golden Bears are pursuing a five-star prospect.
— New coach Cuonzo Martin wants California to attack on both ends of the court.
— More on Martin who is a bundle of energy.
— Stanford appears to be solid on the perimeter, but there’s questions about the front line.
— Colorado is ready to begin the season.
— Looks as if former UW star C.J. Wilcox was the victim of some harmless rookie hazing by his Los Angeles Clippers teammates.