I just spent a few minutes interviewing Abdul Gaddy, the University of Washington’s newest and highest-profile basketball commitment. I’m working on a story for Thursday’s paper — I’ll post it here, too — but here are the most interesting nuggets:
– Gaddy said he would have stuck with his original decision to attend Arizona if former assistant coaches Miles Simon and Josh Pastner were still there. Long-time head coach Lute Olson unexpectedly retired last week, prompting Gaddy to give a verbal commitment to the Huskies. He plans on signing during the early signing period in November.
– Washington fans can thank current Husky and former Curtis High star Isaiah Thomas for having a hand in Gaddy going to to UW. Gaddy said Thomas was “a big part” of him choosing Washington. “He’s like family,” Gaddy said.
– Gaddy says he’ll be at Washington for at least two years and then will hopefully declare for the NBA Draft. But he intends on finishing his degree because he “promised my mom” he would.
– Finally, don’t sleep on Bellarmine Prep just because texas recruit Avery Bradley left for a Nevada prep school in August. The Lions have Jordan Cain, Romece Barnes, Donald Gaddy (Abdul’s younger brother) and others to help fill the void left by Bradley.
“We’re definitely going to be good,” Gaddy said. “People might think we’re not going to be good because Avery left. We’re going to surprise some people.”