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Spring signing period opens for Husky hoops

Post by Ryan Divish on April 11, 2012 at 1:42 am with 4 Comments »
April 11, 2012 8:28 am
Mark McLaughlin signs his national letter of intent to play for Washington. (photo courtesy of Carl Howell)

Mark McLaughlin has signed his national letter of intent today as the spring signing period opens for men’s basketball, giving the Huskies a much-valued scoring presence from the wing.

Will there be other signees today for the Husky hoop team?

Not necessarily.

Yes, the Huskies will still have two scholarships available to fill because of the early departures of Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten. But they may not fill them immediately today. With basketball recruiting, there is a constant and shifting of players and scholarship offers based on what the top four or five remaining recruits do.

How exactly the Huskies fill those two spots remains to be seen. They have been hard after power forward Anthony Bennett out of Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. UW is one of five finalists along with Kentucky, Oregon, UNLV and Florida.  But most recruiting experts believe that the Huskies won’t be the school Bennett chooses. Bennett hasn’t taken any official visits to schools, so he won’t be deciding on his school till the end of the month or even May.

Besides Bennett, Washington is also actively pursuing small forward Jordan Tebbutt out of Oak Hill Academy, small forward Victor Robbins out of Compton, shooting guard Darrick Wood of Washington DC and small forward William Howard, who is a native of France, playing at the New Hope Academy.

And then there is the topic of transfer. Local hoops analyst Francis Williams of Root Sports was on with Softy Mahler and said that Washington is looking at a few transfers, and could also have a player or two transfer.

The Huskies were recruiting Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi, but he decided Seattle was too far from home. Here’s a list, compiled by Jeff Goodman, of the multitude of transfers this year.

As for who might be transferring out, well, that remains uncertain. Obviously, some of the young players on the bench are candidates.

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  1. jchawks08 says:

    Without having done any bit of research on any of those players mentioned, are we talking about any 4 or 5 star recruits? Any blue-chippers? Losing two studs will hurt a team that didn’t make the big dance enough as it is. Some backfill would be nice.

  2. Bennett is a top flight recruit. These other guys are good but not necessarily projected in the four and five star range.

  3. Is there a big man with some inside game on the radar at all? Or is it going to be another season of 15ft to 23ft jumpers?

  4. jchawks08 says:

    Hmm that doesn’t sound promising. And UCLA is loading up. Could be a very mediocre year for UW hoops next year.

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