The Washington Huskies have added frontcourt help for the 2013-14 season.
Forward Perris Blackwell, who started for the University of San Francisco last season, will transfer to Washington after visiting campus last weekend.
Blackwell, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward, earned all-West Coast Conference honorable mention as a junior last season. He averaged a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game and 12.7 points on 57.5 percent field-goal shooting (172-for-299).
Per NCAA rules, Blackwell must sit out the upcoming season. He will have one season of eligibility remaining. He will give Washington an experienced player in 2013-14 to offset the loss of center Aziz N’Diaye after next season.
“No. 1, he brings a wealth of experience in that he has played three years of college basketball,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “He is someone that you throw the ball to in the middle he can use both hands and is crafty around the basket. He has a high, high basketball IQ and really understands how to play.”
Blackwell started 72 games in three seasons at USF.
The addition of Blackwell leaves one available scholarship. Romar and his staff are recruiting a handful of high school players.
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