The Huskies picked up some much-needed inside help for the 2013-14 season on Monday as former University of San Francisco starting forward Perris Blackwell submitted paperwork to transfer to Washington after taking a visit to Montlake this past weekend.
Blackwell, a 6-9, 240-pound power forward, earned all-conference honorable mention in the West Coast Conference as a junior last season after averaging 12.7 points and a taem-high 6.1 rebounds per game. He ranked 11th in the conference in scoring, second in field goal percentage (57.5% on 172-of-299 shooting), ninth in rebounding and second in offensive rebounds (2.9 per game). His field goal percentage ranked 13th nationally.
Per NCAA rules, Blackwell must sit out the upcoming season and will have one season of eligibility in 2013-14.
"No. 1, he brings a wealth of experience in that he has played three years of college basketball," head coach Lorenzo Romar said. "He is someone that you throw the ball to in the middle he can use both hands and is crafty around the basket. He has a high, high basketball IQ and really understands how to play."
Blackwell started 71 of 92 games in his three years at USF.
As a sophomore, Blackwell averaged 10.7 ppg and 7.0 rpg while shooting 55.9% from the field. He earned honorable mention All-WCC after ranking second in the conference in field goal percentage and second with 8 double-doubles.
Blackwell played prep basketball at Etiwanda High School and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section First Team after he averaged 15.1 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a senior. In four seasons at Etiwanda HS, his squad posted a 98-26 record. He also graduated with a 3.2 GPA.