LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12: Head coach Lorenzo Romar of the Washington Huskies celebrates by cutting down the net after the Huskies defeated the Arizona Wildcats 77-75 in the championship game of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Washington Basketball Recruiting 2012: Demarquise Johnson Commits To WSU

Lorenzo Romar is in the hunt for the best hoops recruits in the country. For more on Washington basketball recruiting, head to UW Dawg Pound.

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Washington Basketball Recruiting: Anthony Bennett Top 5 Includes UW, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida, UNLV

The Washington Huskies are missing any impact recruits for their 2012 basketball recruiting class. That could change with a big pick-up by one of the best bigs in 2012 class.

Anthony Bennett is considered one of the most athletic power forwards in the country. Playing at Findlay Prep, he gets overlooked for the better-known and more complete big in Brandon Ashley. His highlights showcase his promising athleticism.

C2CHoops.com: Anthony Bennett December Mix (via Coast2Coasthoops)

Bennett seems to have the Huskies on his mind, as the Canadian big has narrowed up his list of schools he will consider.

It was a hard decision but I've finally made a top 5 #UW#UK#UF#UNLV#Oregon
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To discuss Washington Huskies basketball recruiting, go to UW Dawg Pound. To talk about recruiting at other schools in the mix, check out Alligator Army (Florida), Addicted to Quack (Oregon), and A Sea Of Blue (Kentucky).


Washington Basketball Recruiting: Jabari Bird Includes UW In Top Three

A recent interview with Jabari Bird revealed that the five-star basketball recruit has Washington high on his list of possible destinations:

Cal, Arizona and Washington are Bird's favorite three. Recently, Duke assistant Jeff Capel inquired about Bird after seeing him at the City of Palms. UCLA and Oregon are also going after him.

"With Arizona and U-Dub (Washington), two programs right now that can make runs in the tourney," Bird said. "I feel like if I go there, I can help put them over the top." (Via: Five-Star Basketball)

Bird is a 6'6" forward from the Class of 2013. He is currently ranked as the No. 11 best player in ESPNU's Super 60 rankings. Bird currently attends Salesian HS in Richmond, California, the same high school current redshirt freshman Desmond Simmons attended.

He reportedly will not make his decision until the end of next summer according to an earlier report.

To discuss Washington basketball recruiting, check out UW Dawg Pound.


Washington Basketball Recruiting: Pittsburgh Transfer Khem Birch Has UW In Top Six

Pittsburgh guard Khem Birch has decided to leave Jamie Dixon and the Pittsburgh Panthers. One of his final six transfer options include Washington.


Washington Basketball Recruiting: Aaron Gordon Visits Huskies Last Weekend

The Washington Huskies basketball team seems to be pretty close to striking out on the 2012 recruiting trail (not like they need to pick up that many players this season, but still). So it's time to start trying to mine for gold in 2013 for the top recruits in the country.

One of UW's biggest targets Aaron Gordon, the big man from Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, California, is considered one of the most extremely talented individuals out there, and seems like the sort of open-court player that would thrive in Lorenzo Romar's system. Gordon has a top 5 of Arizona, Kansas, Oregon, Stanford, and Washington, and it appears his interest in the Huskies is genuine. He visited Seattle unofficially this past weekend.

Here are Gordon's summer highlights by the way. You might want to take a look at him.

(via Coast2Coasthoops)

Look at that athleticism. Don't you think Romar is telling Gordon that he'll get to play in this type of system if he comes to Seattle?  Gordon to the Pac-12 (and a team like Washington) would be the perfect type of star for the conference to market under the new TV deal for basketball.

To discuss Washington basketball recruiting, check out UW Dawg Pound.


Washington Basketball Recruiting: Stephen Domingo Enjoys Seattle Visit

The Washington Huskies are close to striking out on their recruiting targets for 2012. So they're going to have to try and start landing some big-time players in 2013 if they plan to avoid falling behind the rest of the conference.

Stephen Domingo is one of their primary targets, and they hosted the San Francisco star from St. Ignatius this weekend. Domingo seemed pretty impressed by what he saw according to an interview he did with Left Coast Recruiting

"The team was really cool. They do a lot together, the whole team went to the football game together. That was cool." Domingo said. He was able to see what it was like in the locker room before and after the SPU game, walk the tunnel before the football game and hear the trash talk of the Oregon and Washington rivalry.

At the SPU game he was able to see just exactly what the coaches have been telling him in the recruitment. "They give their wings so much freedom. CJ Wilcox has the green light to shoot." Domingo said. This mentality and coaching style is what Domingo has been hearing about when it comes to how he would be used in the Husky offense.

Domingo in Washington would probably be a solid fit, since most of Washington's current guards in the program would have filtered out by the time he arrived. The history of solid Washington guard play, their ability to make it to the next level in the NBA, and the stability of playing with a coach like Lorenzo Romar (who's been at Washington for a decade) have to appeal to Domingo, and he's probably strongly considering the Huskies as his college destination.

For more on Washington basketball recruiting, head to UW Dawg Pound.


Washington Basketball Recruiting: Stephen Domingo, Landen Lucas, Zena Edosomwan Visiting

The Washington Huskies have had a quiet 2012 recruiting class up to this point. That might change soon, as three big West Coast prospects are visiting according to Left Coast Recruiting. UW landing any one of those three could be really crucial, particularly one that's still two years away from playing any college hoops.

Center Landen Lucas from Portland, Oregon is in town. He has Washington in his final four and has already taken visits to Cal, Stanford and Tennessee; he had something good to say about each school, so you figure this battle could go right down to the end.

Power forward Zena Edosomwan from North Hollywood, California. Apparently the favorites are Cal and USC, although Edosmwan wants to see if he can get into Harvard before making a decision. Washington might be the odd team out in his recruitment.

However the big recruit is still a junior in high school--shooting guard Stephen Domingo from the 2013 class from St. Ignatius in San Francisco. Domingo seemed really happy with his Arizona visit, so Lorenzo Romar is really going to have make a big pitch to win over the wingman.

For more on Washington basketball recruiting, hit up UW Dawg Pound.


WSU Basketball Commit: DeMarquise Johnson Picks Cougars Over Huskies

The Washington Huskies, Washington St. Cougars and Gonzaga Bulldogs all were vying to land the verbal of one DeMarquise Johnson, a shooting guard from Pontiac, Michigan. Johnson had them all in his top three, and finally ended up committing to WSU basketball a few weeks ago. Percy Allen of the Seattle Times has more on this commitment.

Johnson made up his mind Friday night and announced this morning he's going to sign with Washington State.

"It's somewhere that I can play right away," he said during a telephone conversation. "I can get recognized. And it's a good fit for me."

Here's a look at some of his video highlights, and you get a sense of his potential athleticism at the wing position.

Demarquise "Que" Johnson Highlights - HardwoodElite.com (via HardwoodEliteDotCom)


Verballing to the Cougars probably makes the most sense for Johnson, who could become a feature guard in Ken Bone's offense similar to the way Klay Thompson was utilized the last few seasons. In Lorenzo Romar's system he probably would've had to wait his turn, and could've risked spending most of his seasons buried on the depth chart. In Washington State Johnson has the best chance to break out in a top Division I basketball program.

For more discussion on Johnson, best to check out CougCenter for all your WSU basketball needs.


Washington Basketball Recruiting 2012: Demarquise Johnson Leaves Town Without Committing

The Washington Huskies are in the midst of putting together their class of 2012, and one of the team's top targets is Phoenix resident Demarquise Johnson. Johnson paid Washington a visit this past weekend but left without committing, according to Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun.

 The 6-foot-5 athlete, ranked 77th overall by Rivals.com, is a guard/forward at Arizona's Westwind Preparatory School. He has narrowed his list of schools down to four finalists: UNLV, Gonzaga, Washington and Washington State. Johnson visited UNLV unofficially in August, and he is set to visit the Rebels on a weekend-long official event in early October.

This is not good news for the Huskies. Washington's lack of a commitment from Johnson and the upcoming official visit together imply that Johnson may be leaning toward UNLV as his final destination. Nothing is final yet, but the Huskies will have to make a late run in the coming month in order to have a shot at one of their top targets.


Skylar Spencer Commits To San Diego State Over Washington

Skylar Spencer has the potential to be one heck of a college basketball player one day. It just won't happen in the Pac-12, or with the Washington Huskies. Spencer committed to the San Diego St. Aztecs over his other top 2 choice, as Steve Fisher wins another key recruiting battle to ensure the program moves in the right direction. Mark Zeigler of Sign On San Diego has more.

"It was just a good feeling, I liked it all around, it just felt welcoming," said Spencer, who can’t sign a binding letter of intent until November. "I know I’ll be getting good minutes, and Coach (Steve) Fisher will let me play my game and won’t hold me back."

It makes sense in a lot of aspects. Spencer, who plays for Price in Compton, can stay close to home in San Diego rather than travel up north to Washington. The Aztecs needed a big man, and Spencer (if he keeps on growing at the same pace he's been grown) projects to be a crucial big that could play immediately at the next level. This was certainly an attraction that Fisher pointed out to Spencer on numerous occasions--in Washington he'd have to spend a lot more time pining on the bench before getting out on the floor.

Lorenzo Romar has to regroup; this is far from a make-or-break season for the program (the recruiting class will be one of the smaller ones), but it has to be disappointing that Romar has yet to land a significant recruit for this season's class. All their hopes are probably turning to SG DeMarqise Johnson to give them someone to look forward to for next season.

For more on Washington basketball recruiting, head to UW Dawg Pound.


Skylar Spencer Top 2: Washington Huskies, San Diego State Aztecs

Skylar Spencer is one of the burgeoning young presences in the paint. Standing at 6'7"/6'8" and 200 pounds, the Price High prospect projects as a center at the next level if he can grow completely into his frame, and could be a force to reckon with down the road. Spencer has a lot to do before he can get to that level, but in terms of an athletic big who can get running and get moving, he might work quite well there. 

He could be doing his development with Lorenzo Romar in the Pac-12. Spencer has trimmed his list from four to two, and the Washington Huskies made the cut (the Washington St. Cougars did not). The San Diego St. Aztecs are now UW's main competition for Spencer.  Inna Lazarev of Fox Sports/Scout found out the news. Spencer might take awhile to decide between the two though, as Lazarev reports that he could wait until November to make a decision.

For more on Washington basketball, go to UW Dawg Pound.


Washington Huskies Recruiting: UW Makes Skylar Spencer's Top Four

Class of 2012 Forward prospect Skylar Spencer from Price High School in Los Angeles, CA told Greg Hicks from Scout.com (subscription) that he will choose either Washington, Washington St., San Diego St. or Nevada. 

Spencer's ESPN recruiting profile reads:

Spencer has great length with long arms and his frame suggests that he isn't done growing. He is an exceptional athlete that can run all day. His rebounding prowess is impressive and he does a great job filling the lane after out-letting the ball.

Spencer seems to be another prototypical UW basketball recruit who has long arms and is at his best when playing in transition. Price HS is the same school that the recently-retired Tyreese Breshers attended. 

Joe Kaiser of ESPN Rumors (subscription) notes that the Huskies already have two combo forwards in Martin Breunig and Desmond Simmons, and that Washington St. may be a better fit with the departure of DeAngelo Casto. 

Stay tuned for complete updates on UW recruiting here at SB Nation Seattle. For more coverage, check out UW Dawg Pound for more Huskies news. And be sure to look at Coug Center for WSU news and The Slipper Still Fits for continual Gonzaga Bulldogs news.


Washington Huskies Basketball Recruiting Class Of 2012 Targets

Washington Huskies basketball head coach Lorenzo Romar has yet to gain a verbal commitment from any players from the class of 2012. Here's an overview of the areas of need the Huskies have to fill with this upcoming class.


Washington Huskies Recruiting: Demarquise Johnson To Visit In September (VIDEO!)

College basketball recruiting for the class of 2012 is in full-swing and Lorenzo Romar and his coaching staff are looking to bring talented players to Seattle. The latest target to come on the radar? 6-foot-6 guard Demarquise Johnson out of Westwind Prep Academy in Arizona.

The Huskies are heavily recruiting Johnson, but they will have some competition to land him. In addition to visiting UW on September 24, the guard will pay a visit to both Washington State (Sept. 2) and Gonzaga (Sept. 15) as well. He has not officially announced a leader in his recruitment at this time.

Zach Bell of The Slipper Still Fits had this to say of Johnson:

Over the summer, Demarquise blossomed into one of the most explosive scorers in the country. A long and athletic wing at 6'6'', he is the type of athlete that makes a coach drool becuase he already posesses solid offensive abilities. While he is still working on his deep jumper, Johnson excels in transition and has become one of the most exciting finishers at the rim.

Many expected Johnson to be a Gonzaga-lean at the start of his recruitment, but his recent explosion over the last few months has put his name out there to just about all of the programs on the west coast. The Bulldogs are still very much in the picture, though, as are the Cougars. It appears that Johnson is likely going to play his collegiate basketball in the northwestern corner of the country. Where will he end up playing? You'll just have to stay tuned to find out.

Stay tuned for complete updates on UW recruiting here at SB Nation Seattle. For more coverage, check out UW Dawg Pound for more Huskies news. And be sure to look at Coug Center for WSU news and The Slipper Still Fits for continual Gonzaga Bulldogs news.


Anthony Bennett Top 10: UK, UConn, WVU, Oregon, Pitt, UF, Mizzou, UNLV, OSU, UW

In Anthony Bennett's own words, this is his top 10. The big Canadian power forward who played at Findlay Prep last year has a list of varied suitors from all over the country, and his list reflects it.

This is Anthony Bennett.

(via FlagrantFoulsCanada)


Spry young fellow, isn't he?

Here are his rankings from the recruiting services.

  • Rivals: 7th in Rivals150, 3rd best power forward
  • ESPN: 46th in ESPNU 100, 12th best power forward
  • Scout: #2 PF, 5 stars
  • 247 Sports: 99 rating

It'd be a fairly safe assumption that Bennett would be a huge pickup for any team that wanted him. With still 10 schools remaining, it's hard to say which way Bennett would lean, but it has to be nice for Pac-12 basketball recruitniks to see Oregon and Washington make the cut.

For more on basketball recruiting at SB Nation, check out Sea of Blue (Kentucky), The UConn Blog (Connecticut), The Smoking Musket (West Virginia), Addicted to Quack (Oregon), Cardiac Hill (Pitt), Alligator Army (Florida), Rock M Nation (Missouri), Along the Olentangy (Ohio State), and UW Dawg Pound (Washington).


Washington Huskies Basketball Recruiting: Aaron Gordon (2013 PF) Interested In UW

2013 PF Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty is really good at dunking. I mean really good at dunking. Gordon can dunk hard. He can receive alley-oops. He can windmill. He can run it up and break it down. He can dunk in almost every way imaginable, and it's hard to see defenses doing much to stop him.

(via Yayareasfinest2006)

Gordon mentioned to Matt Prehm of 247Sports that four teams are perhaps the most interested in him: Arizona, Washington, New Mexico and Kansas. You'd have to figure Gordon would have to be particularly attracted to the style of play in the Huskies offense and the laidback coaching style of Lorenzo Romar which favors offensive explosiveness. Gordon could thrive in the fast-paced offense Washington likes to run, and he could do a lot of damage once he rounds into his frame in two years. In fact, all of the teams (Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico) seem to have high-intensity offenses.

For more on Husky basketball recruiting, go to UW Dawg Pound.


Washington Huskies Basketball Recruiting: Jabari Parker (2013 SF) Looking At BYU

Swingman Jabari Parker from Simeon High in Chicago has many, many reasons to join the Washington Huskies in the 2013 recruiting class. Percy Allen of the Husky Men's Basketball Blog points out that Jabari's dad and Lorenzo Romar were teammates with the Golden State Warriors. Jabari's brother could soon be enrolling at UW and join the Huskies as a team manager, according to a profile Seth Davis did of the talented and intelligent prepster for Sports Illustrated. And by the time the 6'8" Parker arrives on campus, many of the talented wings in front of him should be on their way out, clearing the way for him to start as early as possible.

(via CityLeagueHoopsTV)


But all of those relationships might not be able to overcome faith. The #1 recruit in this year's junior class is looking very closely at the possibility of becoming one of the BYU Cougars in two falls.

Parker, who is a member of the LDS Church, recently told National Hoops Report that his interest in BYU is "pretty serious." "They keep on recruiting me and I'm showing interest in them, too," Parker said. "I don't have any favorites, but they are in there.

Parker's top five schools are Duke, Michigan State, Illinois, Kansas and Washington in no particular order, but expect BYU to creep into the mix as time goes by. Davis does point out that Parker isn't planning on going a mission while at BYU (not a requirement, but certainly encouraged), but Washington is far from assured at landing one of the burgeoning stars in high school hoops.

For more on BYU basketball, go to Vanquish the Foe. For more on Washington basketball, UW Dawg Pound is where to go.


Washington Huskies Basketball Recruiting 2011: Center Richard Peters Favors UW

Richard Peters is one of the few centers from the 2012 recruiting class, and it could be the next big man Washington needs. The Westwind Prep International big from Phoenix, Arizona is on the radar of UW, and he seems fairly intent on reciprocating that interest.

Let's take a quick look at his recruiting tape.

(via HuskyHaul)

You can see that Peters needs some refinement in techniques. He's big. He's tall. He's got a lot of promise. He's got strength. He can rebound the ball, he can finish when given the ball at the rim. What he seems to lack is much of a post game, which means he'll be a bit of a development project. Perhaps like Matthew Bryan-Amaning, he'll eventually discover how to use his talent in the right ways, but there's a lot of promise once he learns how to use all his abilities.

The Washington Huskies are considered the early favorites for Peters--both Rivals and Scout have Peters listed with high interest in UW and Romar's program, perhaps the leader over all other programs. His mentor lists UConn, Florida, Washington State, Clemson, Seton Hall, Marquette, Texas Tech, and Alabama as other schools he'd be interested in, according to Adam Zagoria.

For more on Washington hoops recruiting, head to UW Dawg Pound.


Washington Huskies Basketball Recruiting 2011: Aaron Gordon Likes UW

Lorenzo Romar is in the hunt for the best hoops recruits in the country. For more on Washington basketball recruiting, head to UW Dawg Pound.

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