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?
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.