If Mike Hopkins and the Washington Huskies basketball program want to keep their commitment to the 2-3 zone, why not add a 7-footer to the squad?
Actually, 7-feet is selling Richland High School’s Riley Sorn short. Sorn, a senior who made his verbal commitment to the University of Washington on Monday morning, is 7-foot-4.
Sorn will join the Huskies as a preferred walk-on. He had narrowed his college choices to two earlier this year — the UW and Saint Mary's.
Sorn averaged 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and four blocks per game for the Bombers, who finished fifth at the Class 4A state tournament in March at the Tacoma Dome.
The lanky center started his high school career primarily as a rim protector and dunker, lacking coordination as an underclassman.
But his has improved throughout high school, and Sorn has developed a softer touch around the basket and a better mid-range jump shot the past two seasons.
Sorn is the Huskies’ fifth commit in the class, and the first in-state commit for Hopkins in the 2018 class.
Some of the state's most sought after recruits in this class — including Rainier Beach's Kevin Porter Jr. (USC), Timberline's Erik Stevenson (Wichita State), Wilson's Emmitt Matthews Jr. (West Virginia) and Garfield's J'Raan Brooks (USC) — elected to go elsewhere, despite receiving offers from the UW.
Sorn is considered a three-star prospect by 247sports.com. He also had offers from Washington State, Boise State and Pepperdine.
The Huskies have signed four players in the 2018 class, including four-star forward Jamal Bey (Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas); three-star center Bryan Penn-Johnson (Wasatch Academy in Utah); three-star point guard Elijah Hardy (Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland, Calif.) and three-star center Nate Roberts (Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.).
The class is ranked 35th in the country and seventh in the Pac-12.