Coach Lorenzo Romar received letters of intent today from four players who will form the freshman class of 2011**.
Andrew Andrews, a 6-2 guard from Benson High School in Portland.
Jernard Jarreau, a thin, skilled 6-10 forward from McDonogh 35 Sr. High in New Orleans.
Hikeem Stewart, the combo guard from Rainier Beach in Seattle.
Tony Wroten, the heralded point guard from Garfield.
Now about those two asterisks.
Andrews might wait a year before enrolling depending on UW's scholarship situation.
Meanwhile, a big man -- strongly believed to be Kevin Davis, formerly of Todd Beamer in Federal Way and now at TCC -- is expected to sign on in April.
"We're very pleased to get them all in," Romar said. "We're pleased with the group that has been assembled now that are going to be Huskies."
Here is Romar's quick scouting report about each player:
JARREAU: "When he was 6-3 he was a guard and he developed guard skills, and those guard skills have stuck with him. He didn’t loose them in spite of his growth spurt. … Very thin. He’s built a lot like Justin Holiday – a taller version – but his weight and strength will come. We’re really, really excited about his skill set that he has at that size. I think he fits in perfectly with what we’re trying to do. He’s very versatile, has long arms and is an outstanding young man."
ANDREWS: "A pure point guard, who will remind a lot of people of Will Conroy, who played for us four years ago. He’s a leader, he’s a competitor, has a serious passion for this game, a serious passion to be the best, a serious passion to win. He really understands how to run a team, but at the same time, he’s capable of scoring points in bundles as well. … He is not from Seattle, but he really wanted to be a Husky. That’s what he really wanted to do, to the point to where we were very upfront with him and told him about our guard situation here, and he understood and was willing to go to prep school for a year or even redshirt if he was here until the traffic kind of cleared up a little bit at the guard position. He is not going to prep school because of grades, in fact he has very good grades and wants to become an engineer. He has very fine grades and is a very fine young man."
STEWART: "A very versatile guard, an outstanding passer, an outstanding defender, a really good athlete. He’s a guy that can play both positions in the backcourt, he’s kind of a combo guard that can do a lot of different things. He has a winner’s mentality – another really good kid and a really good student. He’s just someone that I think is a really good basketball player now, but his best days are ahead of him. He’s a guy that we’re very excited to have in our program."
WROTEN: "A guy who is just a phenomenal passer, a phenomenal basketball player. Our guys have to be ready when he’s on the floor, you have to have your hands up because he will hit you with passes where the reason your hands weren’t up was because you didn’t think you were open, but you were open and he saw it and he can deliver that basketball. He’s got great size. With the USA basketball team this summer, his coaches raved about his ability to defend the ball and to disrupt team’s offenses. … He is flashy, he can do things on the floor that will dazzle you, but he also is a winner that’s willing to do the dirty work and is willing to do the little things that help you win ball games. We couldn’t be more excited to have him. I can’t say enough about how good a passer he is."
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