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Garfield’s Pierre Crockrell Jr., Tari Eason transfer to Federal Way

Highlights: Pierre Crockrell Jr. leads Garfield to 3A title over Rainier Beach

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Two of the top basketball prospects in Washington have left Seattle and the Class 3A Metro League.

Their landing spot? Federal Way High School.

Eagles coach Jerome Collins confirmed Monday that Pierre Crockrell Jr. and Tari Eason, who both played on Garfield’s 3A state championship team last winter, will join his roster for the 2018-19 season.

“They seem to be be quality kids,” Collins said. “We have a strong work ethic and they seem to fit right in. I’m very pleased about that. They seem to have great attitudes, which is really good.”

Both players enrolled at Federal Way at the beginning of the school year, Collins said, and have started lifting and conditioning with the team. The high school basketball season officially begins at the end of November.

Crockrell, a Tacoma native, played one season with Garfield as a junior, and led the Bulldogs to their latest title win over rival Rainier Beach earlier this year in the Tacoma Dome. He scored a team-high 19 points in the championship game, and was named to the all-tournament first team.

He returned to Washington last year after playing his first two seasons of high school basketball at Prolific Prep Academy (Napa, Calif.).

Crockrell, who is listed as a 5-foot-11 point guard, is considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com composite rankings, and the No. 8 player in Washington in the 2019 class. He has five Division I offers from Houston, Texas Tech, Washington State, Colorado State and Montana.

Eason, a 6-7 power forward, played for the Bulldogs his first two seasons. He is also listed as a three-star prospect by the recruiting site, and is considered the No. 3 player in the state in the 2020 class. He holds an offer from WSU.

Crockrell and Eason join an Eagles roster that already boasts five-star prospect Jaden McDaniels, a 6-9 power forward who averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.3 blocks leading Federal Way to a 4A runner-up finish last season as a junior.

McDaniels was an all-state selection by The News Tribune, The Seattle Times and the Associated Press last season, and is ranked as the No. 4 player in the nation in the 2019 class.

He already holds offers from Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Texas and Washington, and could see more roll in as his senior year continues. McDaniels met with the Huskies on Sunday, Collins said, and has home visits set up with several more schools this week.

Crockrell and Eason are the latest players to exit a Garfield program that has seen much of last year’s roster disband during the offseason.

The Seattle Times reported in August that Brandon Roy, who coached the Bulldogs for one season after leading a star-studded Nathan Hale team to a 3A title in his coaching debut in 2016-17, has left the program. A job listing for Garfield’s head coaching position is still active on Indeed.com.

P.J. Fuller, a four-star shooting guard who played on both of Roy’s state-championship teams, has transferred to Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) for his senior season. He is now considered the top prospect in Nevada, and verbally committed to TCU on Saturday.

Two more Garfield players have also left the program, but will remain in the Metro League. Five-star shooting guard MarJon Beauchamp, who is the state’s top recruit in the 2020 class, and three-star small forward Jamon Kemp, announced transfers to Rainier Beach in July.

Lauren Smith: 360-754-5473, @smithlm12
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