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Category: Recruiting
April 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Quevyn Winters ready to sign with Huskies

Indian Hills Community College’s Quevyn Winters, who verbally committed to play at Washington, is expected to sign scholarship papers with the Huskies on Wednesday when the spring signing period begins. Last season with the Warriors, the 6-6 guard was fifth among the Warriors in scoring while averaging 11.9 points. He shot 40.5 percent (138 of…

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April 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Washington’s big man search won’t be easy

Washington needs a big man to replace senior center Perris Blackwell and junior forward Desmond Simmons, who decided to transfer to another school. However, a list of the top 51 junior-college players compiled by 247sports.com reveals there are only four players 6-foot-7 or taller who haven’t committed or signed with a school. And none of…

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January 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Donaven Dorsey sprains ankle

Turns out Donaven Dorsey, the Timberline High star who signed scholarship papers with Washington, will not need season-ending surgery surgery after all. The 6-6 senior wing suffered a “really bad ankle sprain,” Timberline coach Allen Thomas said in a text message. He’s expected to return in 2-3 weeks. Dorsey suffered the injury last Friday during a 65-38…

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January 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Marquese Chriss commits to Washington

After a dour start to the season, Washington is trending up recently. The Huskies (11-6) are 3-1 in the Pac-12 and tied for third-place in the conference standings.

After Sunday’s win over then-No.15 Colorado, they received a verbal commitment from Rainier Beach High senior point guard David Crisp, a 2015 prospect.

And Monday evening, Washington picked up another 2015 prospect – Marquese Chriss, a 6-8, 200-pound forward from Elk Grove, Calif.

After failing to land the bonanza 2013 class that he envisioned, coach Lorenzo Romar made a slight shift in recruiting strategy. Rather than wait until the final days for a handful of McDonald’s high school All-Americans, the Huskies are going to secure several top prospects early.

Landing Chriss is the latest example of UW’s new recruiting policy.

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January 12, 2014 at 5:49 PM

David Crisp commits to Washington

Washington began the afternoon with a convincing 71-54 win over No. 15 Colorado that’s going to improve their RPI and garner attention nationally from college-basketball observers.

And the Huskies capped a banner day with a verbal commitment from Rainier Beach High senior David Crisp.

The 6-1 point guard also had offers from Boise State and Nebraska. He’s considered a three-star prospect by Scout.com. ESPN gave him two stars and he’s not ranked by Rivals.

The regular signing period begins April 16 and ends May 21. Reportedly Crisp will attend a prep school next season and enroll at UW in 2015.

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January 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

The One that got away

Freshman forward Aaron Gordon has helped Arizona to a No. 1 ranking and a 14-0 record. (Photo credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports)

Freshman forward Aaron Gordon has helped Arizona to a No. 1 ranking and a 14-0 record. (Photo credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports)

TUCSON, Ariz. – They were going to be stars for the Huskies.

At least that was the plan hashed out when Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and Aaron Gordon visited Washington together on a recruiting trip last September.

Williams-Goss, the prototypical floor general, was going to zip passes to Johnson, the sweet-shooting wing, on the perimeter for three-pointers. And Williams-Goss was supposed to flip alley-oop lobs to Gordon, the crazy athletic forward, for highlight jams.

“That’s what you do on those trips,” Williams-Goss said. “You do kind of look into the future and say maybe we can do this or do that.

“But we all know we each have to make the best individual decision for ourselves.”

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November 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Adding Donaven Dorsey, Tristan Etienne is important to UW’s long-term recruiting plans

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.

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October 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Zylan Cheatham picks San Diego State

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,…

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July 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Huskies add Canadian big man

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…

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