Just a couple of hours before the Huskies begin their regular season in the NIT West Regional, coach Lorenzo Romar has announced that true freshman forward Darnell Gant will redshirt this season.
Gant – at 6-8 and 210 pounds – decided he could use a season to fill out before being up to competing in the Pac-10. He said Romar backed his decision.
"Darnell is going to be a heck of a basketball player," Romar said. "I think he saw that there were going to be a couple of things that he could shore up on. He felt like taking a year to figure it out may not be in his best interest."
Gant played six minutes in the exhibition game against Seattle Pacific, going 1-for-3 with a rebound.
He came to UW as the No. 1-rated power forward on the West Coast, according to Scout.com, and the No. 50 overall recruit, according to USA Today. However, fellow freshman Matthew Bryan-Amaning, at 235 pounds, has a more college-ready body.