Bellarmine Prep point guard Abdul Gaddy, one of the nation's top basketball recruits, on Tuesday gave his oral commitment to play at the University of Washington.
Gaddy, 6-foot-3, 170 pounds, originally commited to Arizona. However, he withdrew that commitment this week when longtime Wildcats coach Lute Olson announced his retirement.
UW and UCLA were considered frontrunners for Gaddy once Arizona fell out of the picture.
Gaddy is about to play his senior season at Bellarmine and will become the fourth announced member of UW's freshman class of 2009. The others are power forward Clarence Trent of Nevada, power forward Charles Garcia of City College of San Francisco and shooting guard C.J. Wilcox of Utah.
Their decisions can become official when the basketball signing period begins Nov. 12. And with four scholarships believed available, that will probably complete this UW class.
Gaddy's father, Abdul Gaddy Sr., confirmed his son's choice Tuesday to Dawgman.com and other news sources.
Meanwhile, in a notable smaller bit of hoops news, UW has announced that the tipoff of it's season opening basketball game at Portland has been moved back an hour to 8 p.m. Nov. 15.
That extra hour's wait might be frustrating for coach Lorenzo Romar, who met with the media Tuesday and sounded like a man mighty excited about his team and ready to get started.
"I'm telling you, our guys have really done a nice job," he said. "It is probably the toughest race for starting lineup and rotation that we've had. I went the scenario that the worst thing that can happen is you have four or five competing for one or two positions and none of them are stepping up. Well now this year we've got several stepping up for the same positions, so it's making it pretty heated in practice."