November 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Washington signing guard Donaven Dorsey and forward Tristan Etienne went under the radar both locally and nationally given the sour news with Jernard Jarreau, who suffered a season-ending knee injury,
However, the newest Huskies mark a significant development in UW recruiting.
This summer, coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies altered their recruiting approach after targeting and missing several five-star prospects, including Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon. Washington, Romar said, will still go after the high-level talent, but it will not wait hold scholarships until the very end for those players while bypassing four- and three-star recruits.
In Dorsey, a 6-6 wing from Timberline High in Lacey, WA, the Huskies picked up an important in-state prospect who is the third highest Washington high-school player, according to the major recruiting services. Rainier Beach High’s Shaqquan Aaron (Louisville) and Ahmad Rorrie (California) are the state’s top players on lists by ESPN, Rivals and Scout.com.
Ideally, the Huskies would have liked to have nabbed Aaron, but the Southern California transplant never had much interest in UW. Also, Louisville has somehow built a pipeline into Rainier Beach High that dates back to Terrence Williams.
Washington could afford to pass on Rorrie because it’s loaded in the backcourt for the next few years.
However, the Huskies needed Dorsey, who Romar called “a prototypical Husky wing.”
“Donaven Dorsey is a very rangy, versatile wing,” Romar said. “He can handle the ball, he can shoot the ball, he’s athletic and he’s 6-foot-6 with long arms.”
Many inside the program liken Dorsey to junior-college transfer Mike Anderson and freshman Darin Johnson who attack the basket off the dribble.
It’s also telling the Huskies have just one scholarship player – Hikeem Stewart - from Washington. Romar stressed the importance of keeping the state’s top players at home.
October 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM
Washington was always a long shot to land all-star 2014 prospect Zylan Cheatham so it comes as little surprise the Huskies missed out on the 6-7 forward who verbally committed to San Diego State on Saturday night during the 15th annual Arizona Preps Fall Showcase in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Cheatham, who was also considering New Mexico, would have been the prize of a two-man class that includes Tacoma small forward Donaven Dorsey and Canadian power forward Tristan Etienne.
Cheatham is considered a four-star prospect by the three major recruiting sites. Rivals ranks him 73rd on its top 150 list. ESPN.com has him at 87 on its top 100 list and Scout lists him at 16 among the nation’s top power forwards.
“To Lorenzo Romar, I love you, I love that staff, but I felt like this was the best option for me,” Cheatham said during his press conference. “I felt really good about it and trusted coach (Steve) Fisher.”
Washington plays at San Diego State on Dec. 8. The teams will likely meet again during the 2014-15 season with Aztecs and Cheatham playing at Alaska Airlines Arena.
It’s another big swing and miss for the Huskies who whiffed on several high-profile recently including Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon, Oregon fifth-year senior Mike Moser and California freshman Jabari Bird.
However, losing out on Cheatham is different.
The Huskies finished second and likely third to a pair of Mountain West teams because New Mexico was considered the favorite. However, San Diego State pulled off the upset and assembled arguably its greatest class in school history. SDSU has emerged as a west coast powerhouse under Fisher. The Aztecs are one of six teams to land three recruits on ESPN’s top 100 list. The others include Louisville, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown and Maryland. Washington doesn’t have one.
The Huskies don’t t have an obvious opening on the 2014-15 roster, but they were going to create a spot for Cheatham. It remains to be seen if UW pursues another high-school recruit or transfer after the early signing period Nov. 13-20 ends. The regular signing period is April 16-May 21, 2014.
July 9, 2013 at 7:05 AM
Washington has been busy on the recruiting trail lately securing their second 2014 verbal commitment in the past week.
Timberline High standout Donaven Dorsey, a combo guard from Lacey, WA, said he’s going to play for the Huskies next season.
On his twitter account, he wrote: “I am truly blessed to say that I will be attending the University of Washington to play basketball after this year. All glory to God.”
The news was first reported by Jason McCleary at Left Coast Recruiting.
Dorsey told The Olympian Lorenzo Romar was one of the reasons he chose the Huskies. The UW coach attended several of Dorsey’s home and away games last season and the two build a good relationship.
“I can go to him for anything, not even regarding basketball,” Dorsey told The Olympian. “Coach Romar played in the NBA, the highest level, and he knows what he’s talking about.”
Dorsey was listed at 6-5 last season, but he said he’s grown to 6-7. He’s also roughly 185 pounds. He’s known for his dribbling skills and mid-range jumper. His 2013 playoff highlight video (below) shows an explosive athlete who is also able to attack the rim for points in transition.
He averaged 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals last season while leading Timberline to its first Class 3A state tournament since 2004. He was a second-team Class 3A pick by The Associated Press.
The major recruiting services consider Dorsey a three-star recruit. ESPN.com ranks him fourth in the state behind Shaqquan Aaron (Louusiville), Josh Martin (undecided) and Ahmaad Rorie (California). Rivals ranks him 106th on its top 150 list.
Dorsey doesn’t have a high profile nationally, but he received offers from Washington State, Gonzaga, Oregon State and Portland State. Many believe he’s a Northwest hidden gem. He’ll be the first Thurston County recruit to sign with a major Division I school since Michael Fey and Kelly Golob did it with UCLA and Northern Arizona respectively in 2000.Dorsey joins 6-10 Canadian Tristan Etienne as the Huskies’ second recruit for the class of 2014. Washington should have one scholarship available.
The fall early signing period begins Nov. 13.
The UW Alumni Game may have been costly for several former Husky stars dinged $15,000 by the NBA for playing in the unsanctioned event, but it’s proved to be an effective recruiting tool for Washington. Dorsey and Etienne were two of a handful of prospects who attended the game.
— Arizona State landed former Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall, who averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists and shot 33.9 percent of 174 three-point attempts last season. The 6-4 senior guard is eligible to play during the 2013-14 season and his acquisition makes the Sun Devils a Pac-12 title contender.
— Oregon picked up a commitment from Casey Benson, a 2014 point guard prospect from Tempe, Arizona. He averaged 20.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as a junior last season.
July 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Tristan Etienne, a 6-10, 210-pound forward from Abbotsford, British Columbia, gave a verbal commitment to Washington.
The Canadian big man is the first 2014 prospect to commit to the Huskies.
“Growing up as a kid when I started watching the NCAA, Washington was a school that I took a liking too,” Etienne said. “When I realized I had a chance to go D-1, it was the school I was shooting for and the school I was dreaming about. I’m just so happy I had the opportunity to go there and play.”
Etienne had offers from Washington State, Utah, Portland, Portland State and Boise State.
“Washington is my dream school and it’s where I wanted to go so when they offered me I decided to get it done,” Etienne said.
Etienne plays for W. J. Mouat Secondary School. His AAU team is DRIVE Basketball.
“I like to think of myself as a defensive player that will protect the basket,” he said. “I like to keep my teammates involved. Good passer. Get rebounds. Block shots. Do everything I can to help my team.”
DRIVE Basketball coach Pasha Bains said Etienne is a perfect fit for the Huskies.
“He’s a 6-10 kid that can move,” said Bains, who played at Clemson. “He doesn’t move like a 6-10 guy. He moves like a guard. He’s fluid. He’s a great shot blocker. He can shoot basketball. He’s a great passer. He works very hard. He’s probably the best kid I’ve ever seen at getting loose balls at his height. And to say that about a 6-10 guy is pretty amazing. He’s a guy who’s very flexible and athletic. Just an overall great player with a lot of upside.
“When you look down the road the next 2-3 years, he’s a kid who hasn’t been in the weight room much. He’s had a couple of injuries that kind of stalled that and I see that as a good thing. These other kids have filled out already. He can probably put on 20-30 pounds as he matures. Washington likes to run and he can do that. He’s a really bright kid. He’s been a 4.0 student and he scored really well on his SAT. He’s just a really good team guy. I think Washington is lucky to have him.”
Unlike Gonzaga, Washington hasn’t plucked many recruits from Canada. Todd MacCulloch (1995-1999) was UW’s last significant player from Canada. Former UW standout Lars Hansen (1973-76) grew up in Coquitlam, B.C.
“Washington has a very good reputation here,” Bains. “A lot of kids look at that as a dream. … To be completely honest there’s very few kids here that could go from B.C. and play at Washington. I think Robert Sacre was one. I’m not sure what happened with Washington and Sacre or if he had an offer.
“But Tristan is a very rare player here. We don’t get these types of players very often and I think that’s why Washington stepped up and took him.”
Here’s video highlights (below) of Etienne.
April 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM
Several media outlets are reporting UNLV junior Mike Moser plans to visit Washington on Sunday after taking a look at Oregon on Saturday.
As a sophomore, the 6-8 forward was an honorable mention all-American who averaged 14 points. 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists in 2011-12.
Last season his production dipped because of a hip injury that forced him to miss seven games and the arrival of All-American freshman forward Anthony Bennett. Moser averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 2012-13.
Left Coast Recruiting tweeted Moser will visit Gonzaga next week. Arizona was believed to be in the picture, but the Wildcats are no longer considered an option.
Moser starred at Grant High in Portland. A four-star recruit, he committed to Arizona before signing with UCLA. After one season, he transferred to UNLV.
Washington has one remaining scholarship. Coach Lorenzo Romar said if the Huskies used the scholarship, then it would be given to a front-line player.
Landing Moser would soothe the sting after losing highly touted prospect Aaron Gordon to Arizona. And some would argue, Moser will have a bigger impact in the Pac-12 next season than Gordon.
Washington received great news last week when junior C.J. Wilcox decided to return to school. His decision could help the Huskies recruit Moser.
“Really good players want to play with really good players,” Romar said.
April 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Aaron Gordon will play at Arizona, joining a front line loaded with former five-star prospects.
The heralded 6-7 forward from San Jose, Calif. picked the Wildcats over Washington, Oregon and Kentucky. He made the decision Tuesday morning during media day at the McDonald’s All-American game in Chicago.
Gordon joins fellow McDonalds All-American Rondae Jefferson-Hollis. Both will likely compete for minutes at small forward.
Arizona also returns forwards Grant Jerret and Brandon Ashley, who were 2012 McDonald’s All-Americans, highly-touted center Kaleb Tarczewski and forward Angelo Chol. In addition, the Wildcats bring back guard Nick Johnson and welcome T.J. McConnell, who transferred from Duquesne.
It’s reasonable to assume Arizona will be the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 title.
Meanwhile, losing Gordon is a big blow for the Huskies who targeted him six years ago while recruiting his older brother Drew. Back then, UW finished second in the recruiting race for Drew who picked UCLA before transferring and finishing his career at New Mexico.
Once again, Washington is a runner-up in the Gordon derby.
He would have been the centerpiece on a young UW team with many unproven players. Considering his talent and stature, Gordon likely would have started the season opener. He averaged 21.6 points 15.7 rebounds 3.3 assist 2.1 blocks as a senior at Archbishop Mitty.
The Huskies have a four-man 2013 recruiting class that includes: PG Nigel Williams-Goss, SG Darin Johnson, PG Jahmel Taylor and SG Mike Anderson. Williams-Goss and Johnson signed binding letters of intent last fall. Taylor and Anderson verbally committed to UW and are expected to make it official when the signing period begins April 17.
Washington also adds low-post players Perris Blackwell and Gilles Dierickx, who sat out this season due to transfer rules.
March 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Maybe it was foreshadowing, but coach Lorenzo Romar concluded today’s season-ending press conference saying he expected to add a couple of recruits to a three-man 2013 class.
A few hours later, a story surfaced on the internet about Mike Anderson, a 6-5 shooting guard at Moberly Area CC in Missouri, who reportedly verbally committed to the Huskies.
JucoRecruiting.com was the first to break the story. Reportedly his final list included South Florida, San Francisco and Central Michigan. He also reportedly drew interest from Utah, Seton Hall and Creighton.
When asked why he picked UW, Anderson told the website: “I bonded very well with Coach Romar and clicked with him. I also liked the group of guys they had coming back next year. I like their tempo and their style of play as well.”
Here’s Anderson’s bio at Moberly.
He averaged 16.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this season while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 44. percent on three-pointers.
He’s a native of Hartford, Conn. He’s listed as a sophomore, which indicates he’ll have two years of eligibility with the Huskies.
Adding Anderson gives Washington four incoming players, not including Perris Blackwell and Gilles Dierickx, who redshirted this season. Guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson signed letters of intent in the fall. Guard Jahmel Taylor is expected to make his verbal commitment official when the regular-signing period begins April 17.
Meanwhile, UCLA signee Zach LaVine told Scout.com’s Greg Hicks that he’ll monitor the Bruins coaching search. If he decides to break his commitment with UCLA, then he’ll consider Washington.
February 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Just when you thought it was a three-team race for Aaron Gordon, the Oregon Ducks re-entered the derby for the consensus five-star recruit from San Jose, Calif.
He eliminated Oregon in November and narrowed his list to Washington, Arizona and Kentucky.
However, he told Eric Bossi at Rivals.com that he was adding the the Ducks to his list.
Sources close to Gordon confirmed the report.
The 6-7 forward has been impressed with Oregon’s freshmen class that includes guards Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson, two of the team’s leading scorers. Gordon and Artis played with the Oakland Soliders summer AAU team.
Gordon took a trip to Oregon on Sept. 22 and at the time he spoke highly of the school’s facilities.
Not sure what the Ducks have done recently to get back in the hunt for Gordon. Winning on the court and rising to a top-10 ranking last week certainly helped. The Ducks (18-4) are tied with Arizona (19-2) at the top of the Pac-12 standings at 7-2.
Gordon has always maintained he wanted to see how the teams performed during the season before making a decision in the spring. The regular signing period is April 17 – May 15.
Here’s how the recruiting classes compare between the teams pursuing Gordon.
— Washington signed guards Nigel Williams-Goss and Darin Johnson, while picking up a commitment from guard Jahmel Taylor.
— Arizona has a two-man class that includes five-star, small forward prospect Rondae Jefferson and Elliott Pitts, a three-star shooting guard.
— Oregon has a two-man class that includes 6-7 power forward Jordan Bell and shooting guard A.J. Lapray. Both are considered three-star prospects, according to the major recruiting sites. The Ducks received a commitment from two-sport stars Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, but the guard prospects are looking at other schools.
— Kentucky is stockpiling talent once again. The Wildcats signed five recruits, including three five-star guard prospects (Andrew and Aaron Harrison and James Young) and four-star forward Marcus Lee. They also received a verbal commitment from five-star center Dakari Johnson.
November 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM
According to several recruiting sites, Washington has offered a scholarship to Elgin Cook, a 6-6, 200-pound wing who is starring at Northwest Florida State College. He’s the son of former NBA player Alvin Robertson, who played in four All-Star games.
Cook is averaging 18.4 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Raiders. He’s also shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 64.9 percent from the line.
Cook also has offers from New Mexico and TCU, according to Jerry Meyer at 247sports.com. Georgia, Gonzaga, North Carolina State, Arkansas, Mississippi State and West Virginia are also reportedly interested in him.
If Cook transfers after this season, he’ll have three years of eligibility with a Division I team.
And here’s a look at his 2011 highlight video.
November 16, 2012 at 3:23 PM
Had a chance to catch up with the newest Washington Husky, Nigel Williams-Goss shortly after he signed scholarship papers with UW.
Here’s the interview.
(Tell me what this day was like for you.) “It was great. It was something like I’ve never felt before. It’s one thing to be committed to a school and then to sign that letter of intent, your commitment level goes up to another level. Tehre’s just nothing like it.
(Describe your emotions) “I was definitely excited. I wasn’t really nervous because I had already made my decision. It wasn’t like I was coming into Signing Day and making a decision and announcing my decision. I was just excited to get it over with and officially become a Husky.”
(Do you feel any different or is it just like any other day?) “It’s definitely you feel a tighter bond with the coaches and the school itself. I’m just really looking forward to getting up there and being one step closer to my dreams.”
(Have you had a chance to talk with anyone from Washington?) “It’s funny I just got off the phone with coach (Lorenzo) Romar. We talked for awhile. We had a really good conversation.”
(What did you talk about?) “We talked about obviously it being an exciting day. We talked about some other recruits that I know that they were after. So we talked about that. We talked about their games coming up. We talk about everything. Me and coach Romar have a really great relationship and we talk about pretty much everything under the sun.”