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Women's Hoops

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November 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Deja Strother makes it official, signs NLI with Washington

The early signing period opened Wednesday for student-athletes. Ingelmoor HS star Deja Strother made her verbal commitment official, signing a national letter of intent to play for Washington.

Deja Strother tweet

Strother is a 6-5 post player, ranked as the No. 35 overall by Prospects Nation. She is also the No. 49 prospect by All-Star Girls Basketball Report.

She plays for Tree of Hope in the Seattle area that also produced current Huskies in F Aminah Williams, C Katie Collier and PG Kelli Kingma. Strother led Tree of Hope at the 2014 Nike Nationals where she was named MVP of the tournament by Bob Corwin and Fullcourt.com.

Strother is the only player Washington coach Mike Neighbors expects to sign during the early period. The regular signing period is April 15-May 20.

Here’s the official release from Washington:

Deja Strother Signs NLI With Washington

SEATTLE – Washington women’s basketball head coach Mike Neighbors is pleased to announce the signing of Deja Strother to a national letter of intent. Strother comes to Washington from the nearby city of Kenmore and Inglemoor High School.

“Four years in the waiting and Deja Strother is a Husky! Her name was the first we heard as “program impacting” upon our arrival to the University of Washington,” said head coach Neighbors. “She is a local player with the game that every Division I program in the country would be recruiting with a rare combination of size and athleticism that was on display to the nation this summer thanks to the Nike Girls EYBL. She helped her Tree of Hope team, coached by Damian Young and Tommy James, to a runner-up finish at the prestigious summer-ending event. Combined with her high school experience under John Augustavo, father of Husky great Michelle, Deja has developed into one of the most dominating post presences in the country.”

Strother is a 6-5 post player, ranked as the No. 35 overall by Prospects Nation. She is also the No. 49 prospect by All-Star Girls Basketball Report.

She will provide the Huskies with a true post presence with great agility and touch for her size. She should have an immediate impact on the Washington program with scoring her out of the low post, rebounding and shot blocking.

Strother plays for Tree of Hope in the Seattle area that also produced current Huskies Aminah Williams, Katie Collier and Kelli Kingma. She led Tree of Hope at the 2014 Nike Nationals where she was named MVP of the tournament by Bob Corwin and Fullcourt.com.

At Inglemoor, Strother was an all-state performer that led the Vikings to the state tournament, before falling to eventual state champion Mount Rainier. She averaged 15.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a junior.

Strother is considering studying psychology at Washington and is interested in being a coach after her playing career.

“We are proud of and for her,” said Neighbors. “She has worked extremely hard on the court and in the classroom to meet the high standards of excellence our University has set for our student-athletes. We welcome her and her entire family to our Husky family.”

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