Letters-of-intent from UW's 2008 freshman recruiting class showed up just as expected today.
Coach Lorenzo Romar's overview: "We think these four as a group are special. I think what they all possess is a pretty cerebral feel for the game: They all know how to play basketball. They will obviously have things they need to learn at this level, but at the same time they come in with a pretty good understanding of how to play the game. The other thing about all four of them is they all can score."
Isaiah Thomas G 5-8 Tacoma (Curtis/South Kent School, Conn.)
Notes: Romar likens the former Curtis High School star to Damon Stoudamire, the former Arizona Wildcat now playing in the NBA. Others will liken Thomas to former UW star Nate Robinson due to their similar sizes. However, Robinson was a physically stronger more explosive player, while Thomas is much farther along offensively than Robinson at this stage. Averaged 31 points in two seasons at Curtis.
Tyreese Breshers F 6-7 Los Angeles (Price H.S.)
Notes: At 260 pounds, his combination of size and explosiveness reminds Romar of Charles Barkley. Has long arms and plays taller than his height. Lorenzo Romar said Breshers is as talented as any big man on the team right now and probably a better shot-blocker: "The strength of a Jon Brockman with the explosiveness of a Quincy Pondexter." Rated No. 66 nationally by Rivals.com.
Scott Suggs G 6-6 Washington, Mo. (Washington HS)
Notes: At age 11, Suggs attended a 4th of July celebration at the home of Romar, then coach at St. Louis. Romar made the kid cry by beating him in a game of driveway basketball. However, that kid grew into a Missouri player of the year candidate and after having been unable to beat Romar, decided to join him. Long-limbed and a guard, not a wing. Solid now, and with lots of upside potential. Rated No. 14 shooting guard by Scout.com.
Elston Turner Jr. G 6-4 Missouri City, Texas (Elkins)
Notes: His father is a former NBA player, his mother played in college, and Romar said that background shows in his intelligent style of play. Plays at his own pace, helps his teammates and has a nice shooting stroke. Decided on Washington early and never wavered. Scout.com rates him the No. 12 shooting guard prospect in the nation. Previously played at Roseville (Calif.) High School. Ranked No. 48 in the ESPN 150.
Scout.com ranks every member of this class a four-star (out of five) recruit, and lists the class fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference (behind UCLA, Arizona and Oregon) and 14th nationally. Rivals.com gives Breshers, Suggs and Thomas four-star ratings and awards Turner three stars.