Today marks the beginning of the early national letter of intent signing period for basketball, and the Huskies are expected to sign a six-player class highlighted by Rainier Beach star Dejounte Murray -- along with Rainier Beach/Brewster Academy point guard David Crisp; Elk Grove, Calif., forward Marquese Chriss; Eastside Catholic forward Matisse Thybulle; Indian Hills center Malik Dime; and forward Devenir Duruisseau from Fishburne Military School. On paper, it could wind up the most highly-rated recruiting class Lorenzo Romar has signed. We'll update as the signings become official.
--- Here's our feature story on Huskies forward Jernard Jarreau, who tore his ACL a year ago but is back and ready to contribute this season.
SEATTLE — One year and two days have passed since the day Jernard Jarreau leapt, landed and collapsed, his sophomore season ending before it could really begin.
He hasn’t seen a replay. He doesn’t want to. After months of rehabilitation, the Washington Huskies fourth-year junior forward has no interest in reliving what happened here the last time he suited up for a regular-season basketball game, the night he tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee.
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“My coaches ask me sometimes, ‘Do you want to watch it?’ I’m like, ‘Nah,’ ” Jarreau said on Monday, seated beneath a basketball hoop at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, his 6-foot-10, 240-pound frame spilling out of a purple chair just beyond the baseline.
“Seeing my teammates go out there and go to war every day, in practice and in the games, and not being able to do anything but sit in the sideline and watch them just go to work and try to make each other better every day … it was just something I wish I could have been a part of.”
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